Graduation Checklist

Completing your graduate degree requires completing all paperwork before the semester deadlines.

During your academic career, it is also important that you are aware of Graduate School policies and procedures that are detailed in the Graduate Student Handbook and the UAB School of Public Health Handbook. The Handbook also provides a detailed checklist for completing a graduate degree.

 

Requirements for the Doctoral Degree

 

Requirements for the Master's Degree

Deadline Dates

Each graduate program has individual application deadlines. Please visit the specific program website and application checklist for deadline dates here or at UAB Graduate School Deadline Dates.


Application for Degree

 


Plan I 

Graduate School Graduation Deadline Dates For Students Completing a Thesis/Dissertation

**The following dates are subject to change. Check this schedule each semester for any changes to the posted dates. Also check with your department. Some programs have earlier deadline dates for the application for degree.

SEMESTER

DIPLOMA DATE

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR DEGREE AND CERTIFICATES

LAST DAY FOR FINAL DEFENSE

DEADLINE FOR DOCUMENT SUBMISSION*

Spring 2016

April 30, 2016

January 22, 2016 **

April 1, 2016

No later than 10 business days following public defense

Summer 2016

August 13, 2016

May 20, 2016**

July 15, 2016

No later than 10 business days following public defense

Fall 2016 December 17, 2016 September 9, 2016 October 28, 2016 No later than 10 business days following public defense
         

Request for Approval Forms must be submitted online no later than 2 weeks before your public defense date.

*It is your responsibility to submit your completed thesis or dissertation for review no later than 2 weeks (10 business days) after your public defense. You will be notified when your manuscript has been reviewed (usually within 5 – 7 days). Under certain circumstances, submission extensions may be granted for students who defend well before the final semester deadline for final defense. Extensions will not be granted past the submission date for the final defense deadline.

It is the student's responsibility to see that the above deadlines are met.Students cannot be cleared for graduation until all paperwork has been processed, all grades have been finalized, and all applicable fees have been paid.

Note:
Failure to meet these deadlines will require the filing of a "NEW" Application for Degree Form (reorder) and registration for course hours for the following semester. The new application for degree form (approved at the departmental level and submitted to the Graduate School) must be submitted by the deadline posted above.

The above dates are subject to change. Check with the Graduate School, G03 Lister Hill Library, or call 934-8227 if you have any questions concerning these dates.


 Plan II 
Graduate School Graduation Deadline Dates For Students Not Completing a Thesis/Dissertation

These dates are subject to change. Please check the Schedule of classes each semester for any changes to these dates. Please check with your department as some programs have earlier deadline dates for the application for degree.

 

SEMESTER

DIPLOMA DATE

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION FOR DEGREE AND CERTIFICATES

LAST DAY FOR RECEIPT OF FINAL PAPERS

Spring 2016

April 30, 2016

January 22, 2016

April 22, 2016

Summer 2016

August 13, 2016

May 20, 2016

August 5, 2016

Fall 2016 December 17, 2016 September 9, 2016 December 9, 2016
       

Please Note:
Failure to meet these deadlines will require the filing of a "NEW" Application for Degree Form (reorder) and registration in subsequent semesters.

It is the student's responsibility to see that the above deadlines are met.Students will not be cleared for graduation until all paperwork has been processed, all grades have been finalized, and all fees have been paid.

The above dates are subject to change. Please check with the Graduate School
G03 Lister Hill Library or call 996-2583 if you have any questions concerning graduation.

 


Admission to Candidacy Deadline Dates

NOTE: Doctoral Students are required to have 2 semesters of candidacy. Master’s degree students are required to have only 1 semester of candidacy. Forms must be processed by the following dates in order to be applicable for that semester. For example, if the Admission to Candidacy Form is processed by the deadline date listed below, that semester counts as the first semester of candidacy. 

Forms received after the deadline will be processed for the next semester. 

PLEASE CHECK WITH THE GRADUATE SCHOOL AS THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

FIRST SEMESTER OF CANDIDACY

DEADLINE DATE

Summer 2015 – 14 week*

May 1, 2015

Summer 2015 – 10 week*

May 29, 2015

Fall 2015

August 21, 2015

Spring 2016 January 8, 2016
Summer 2016 - 14 week* May 6, 2016
Summer 2016 - 10 week* June 3, 2016

*CHECK WITH YOUR DEPARTMENT TO DETERMINE WHICH SUMMER DEADLINE APPLIES TO YOUR OWN 699 OR 799 RESEARCH HOURS (THE 10 WEEK OR 14 WEEK SCHEDULE)


Deadline Dates to Apply As a Nondegree Graduate Student
*Please check with the Graduate School as these dates are subject to change.

 

SEMESTER

 DEADLINE DATE

Spring 2016 January 4, 2016
Summer 2016   April 29, 2016
Fall 2016 August 22, 2016
   

Please be aware of the add/drop dates, as well as the tuition payment deadlines, for each semester:https://www.uab.edu/students/academics/academic-calendar.


Deadlines for Change of Residency

All forms and necessary documents must be received in the graduate school office by the following dates so in-state tuition will be granted for the appropriate term.

Forms received after the deadline will be processed for the next semester. 
PLEASE CHECK WITH THE GRADUATE SCHOOL AS THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
 

SEMESTER

 DEADLINE DATE

Spring 216 December 1, 2015
Summer 2016  May 1, 2016
Fall 2016 August 1, 2016
   

 

 

UAB School of Public Health Reception

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time: TBD

Location: The Edge of Chaos
Lister Hill Library, 4th Floor
1700 University Blvd

Student only reception, no outside guests are allowed due to space constraints.

  

 


Graduate Ceremony (Doctoral & Master Only)

graduation page image

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Bartow Arena
617 13th Street South

No Tickets Required, but you need to register online if you plan to attend the commencement ceremony.

 

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Undergraduate Commencement (Undergraduates Only)

UAB Graduation image


Dates: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Bartow Arena
617 13th Street South

No Tickets Required, but you need to register online if you plan to attend the commencement ceremony.


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It's time to start making arrangements for the UAB's Commencement Ceremonies!   If you have not already done so, please review each event below. Some events require registration.

Commencement Ceremony Instructions

 

REGISTRATIONS

Cap and Gowns

Directions and Instructions for Graduates

Master's and Undergraduate Students

Register online if you plan to attend the commencement ceremony. Bachelor and Master's Cap and Gown  Bartow Arena

Doctoral Students

Doctoral Hooding & Convocation Form Doctoral Caps and Gowns Alys Stephens Center

Deadlines

  • In order for a doctoral candidate to participate in the UAB Doctoral Hooding and Commencement Ceremony, the candidate MUST submit the Doctoral Hooding & Convocation Form to the Graduate School no later than April 3, 2015.