Thesis Deadlines

Completing a master's thesis requires planning and attention to deadlines. Work closely with your thesis committee and/or graduate advisor to meet your departmental deadlines for committee review and the defense of your thesis. A thesis should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies only after you have applied for graduation and after all members of your thesis committee have approved your thesis. Other information about applying for graduation, university deadlines, graduation requirements, and forms can be found on the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) website.

There are two important deadlines to consider when submitting your thesis to Graduate Studies:

  • Submitting your thesis for initial review
  • Submitting your thesis for publication

Master's theses are reviewed by Graduate Studies for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. You may submit your thesis up to one month in advance of the deadline. The scheduled deadlines for upcoming semesters are as follows:

Deadlines for submitting your thesis for review by Graduate Studies  (once your thesis committee has approved your thesis and you have applied for graduation)


Fall (December) 2020 Graduation

Spring (May) 2020 Graduation

Summer (August) 2020 Graduation

November 9, 2020

April 24, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

July 10, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.


Deadlines for submitting your thesis for publication (once Graduate Studies has approved your thesis)


Fall (December) 2019 Graduation

Spring (May) 2020 Graduation

Summer (August) 2020 Graduation

January 11, 2021

June 8, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

September 9, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.


Because deadlines are posted well in advance of each thesis cycle, extensions of the deadlines are not granted. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that the thesis is submitted on time to Graduate Studies and in the format stipulated in theSJSU Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Guidelines (pdf).