Thesis and Dissertation Due Dates

Completing a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation requires planning and attention to deadlines. Work closely with your committee and/or graduate advisor to meet your departmental deadlines for committee review and the defense of your thesis or dissertation. Theses and dissertations should be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies only after you have applied for graduation, you have defended your work and after all members of your thesis or dissertation committee have approved your thesis or dissertation after any requested changes arising from your defense.

There are two important deadlines to consider:

  • Submitting your thesis or dissertation for initial review to the College of Graduate Studies

  • The formal publication of your thesis through ProQuest

Theses and dissertations are reviewed by the College of Graduate Studies for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Theses and dissertations must be submitted to thesis@sjsu.edu no later than the deadlines below.  Thesis and dissertations must be submitted by 11:59 for review.  Requirements for publication must be met by 3:00 p.m.  No late submissions will be accepted. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Some departments themselves may set earlier due dates.  The dates below are the final deadlines for the College of Graduate Studies. Always check with your advisor to make sure they do not have internal departmental guidelines.

The scheduled deadlines for upcoming semesters are as follows:

Fall (December)
2022 Graduation

Spring (May)
2022 Graduation

Summer (August)
2022 Graduation

Thesis
November 14, 2022

Thesis
April 18, 2022

Thesis
July 25, 2022

Dissertation
November 14, 2022

Dissertation
April 18, 2022

Dissertation
July 25, 2022

Deadlines for submitting your thesis or dissertation to ProQuest for publication (see Thesis Guidelines for instructions). NOTE: Submission to ProQuest publication dates are the same for theses and dissertations.

Fall (December)
2022 Graduation
Spring (May)
2022 Graduation
Summer (August)
2022 Graduation
January 27, 2023         June 30, 2022 September 26, 2022

Because deadlines are posted well in advance of each thesis cycle, extensions of the deadlines are not granted.