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 and after all members of your thesis or dissertation committee have approved your work.

There are two important deadlines to consider:

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

  • Submitting your thesis or dissertation for publication to ProQuest

Theses and dissertations are reviewed by the College of Graduate Studies for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. You may submit your thesis or dissertation up to one month in advance of the deadline.

Theses and dissertations must be submitted to thesis@sjsu.edu no later than the deadlines below by 11:59 p.m. No late submissions will be accepted. Note that submission deadlines to the College of Graduate Studies differ between theses and dissertations.

The scheduled deadlines for upcoming semesters are as follows:

Fall (December)
2020 Graduation

Spring (May)
2020 Graduation

Summer (August)
2021 Graduation

Thesis
November 9, 2020

Thesis
April 12, 2021

Thesis
July 5, 2021

Dissertation
November 9, 2020

Dissertation
April 12, 2021

Dissertation
July 5, 2021

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)
2020 Graduation
Spring (May)
2021 Graduation
Summer (August)
2021 Graduation
January 11, 2021 June 7, 2021 September 13, 2021

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 the SJSU Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Guidelines [pdf]