Graduate School Deadlines

Fall Semester 2020

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August 19   Virtual New Graduate Student Orientation
August 24   First day of classes.
September 9   Last day for graduate students to file for December 2020 Commencement.
Virtual Online   Formatting Workshop  
October 16**   Last day to take the oral examination (oral defense) for doctoral candidates for December 2020 Commencement. (All incompletes for coursework other than dissertation hours must be cleared before the oral examination can be taken.)**The Preliminary Technical Review is required and should be scheduled at least 2 weeks before the oral examination. Resources include the Guidelines for Preparing the Dissertation and Thesis and the Formatting Model.
October 19   Deadline for purchasing doctoral regalia for December 2020 Commencement
October 21   Last day for submission of the Record of Oral Examination form to Graduate School for doctoral candidates for December 2020 Commencement
October 26   Last day for electronic submission of the departmentally defended and approved copy of the doctoral dissertation to the Graduate School for December 2020 Commencement.
October 30   Last day to take the oral examination (oral defense) for master’s candidates for December 2020 Commencement. (All incompletes for coursework other than thesis hours must be cleared before the oral examination can be taken.)**The Preliminary Technical Review is required and should be scheduled at least 2 weeks before the oral examination. Resources include the Guidelines for Preparing the Dissertation and Thesis and the Formatting Model.
October 31   Deadline for renting doctoral regalia for December 2020 Commencement will be postponed until the spring 2021 semester
November 2   Last day to satisfy the graduate foreign language requirement and report the results to the Graduate School. Contact Lilly_Fuertes@baylor.edu for details.
November 5   Last day for submission of the Record of Oral Examination form to Graduate School for master’s candidates for December 2020 Commencement
November 9   Last day for electronic submission of the departmentally defended and approved copy of the master’s thesis to the Graduate School for December 2020 Commencement.
November 26-29   Thanksgiving Holidays
November 30-December 1   Instructional Days Remote/Online
December 1   Last day of classes. Last day for non-thesis candidates to take the oral or comprehensive examination for December 2020 Commencement. The Record of Oral Exam form, or results from comprehensive exams, must be delivered electronically to the Graduate School by this date.
December 2   Study Day
December 4   Change of Grade form to remove incompletes, and petitions for transfer of credit for all students and all coursework must be received by the Graduate School by this date.
December 3, 4, 5; 7, 8   Final Examinations Remote/Online. Thursday-Saturday; Monday-Tuesday (no final exams on Sunday).
December 16-17   Administrative check on graduate candidates for graduation, including overall GPA requirements, foreign language proficiency requirements, and any outstanding obligations.
December 19, 2020   Commencement. Ceremonies will be combined with May 2021. Commencement information is available online at www.baylor.edu/commencement
Spring Semester 2021

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January 18   Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 19   First day of classes.
January 27   Last day for graduate students to file for May 2021 Commencement.
Virtual Online   Formatting Workshop  
March 15   Deadline for purchasing doctoral regalia for May 2021 Commencement
March 19**   Last day to take the oral examination (oral defense) for doctoral candidates for May 2021 Commencement. (All incompletes for coursework other than dissertation hours must be cleared before the oral examination can be taken.)**The Preliminary Technical Review is required and should be scheduled at least 2 weeks before the oral examination. Resources include the Guidelines for Preparing the Dissertation and Thesis and the Formatting Model.
March 19   Last day to satisfy the graduate foreign language requirement and report the results to the Graduate School. Contact Lilly_Fuertes@baylor.edu for details.
March 23   Last day for submission of the Record of Oral Examination form to Graduate School for doctoral candidates for May 2021 Commencement
March 26   Last day to take the oral examination (oral defense) for master’s candidates for May 2021 Commencement. (All incompletes for coursework other than thesis hours must be cleared before the oral examination can be taken.)**The Preliminary Technical Review is required and should be scheduled at least 2 weeks before the oral examination. Resources include the Guidelines for Preparing the Dissertation and Thesis and the Formatting Model.
March 29   Last day for electronic submission of the departmentally defended and approved copy of the doctoral dissertation to the Graduate School for May 2021 Commencement.
April 2   Good Friday/Easter Holiday
April 6   Last day for electronic submission of the departmentally defended and approved copy of the master’s thesis to the Graduate School for May 2021 Commencement.
April 6   Last day for submission of the Record of Oral Examination form to Graduate School for master’s candidates for May 2021 Commencement.
April 9   Deadline for renting doctoral regalia for May 2021 Commencement.
April 16   Change of Grade form to remove incompletes, and petitions for transfer of credit for all students and all coursework must be received by the Graduate School by this date.

April 28

  Last day of classes. Last day for non-thesis candidates to take the oral or comprehensive examination for May 2021 Commencement. The Record of Oral Exam form, or results from comprehensive exams, must be delivered electronically to the Graduate School by this date.
April 29-May 5   Study Days/Final Examinations (including Saturday, May 1).
May 5   Administrative check on graduate candidates for graduation, including overall GPA requirements, foreign language proficiency requirements, and any outstanding obligations.
May 6-8   Commencement. Commencement information is available online at www.baylor.edu/commencement

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