Graduation Requirements & Calendar


October 12, 2018 – Initial Thesis Format Review Deadline
October 19, 2018 – Initial Dissertation Format Review Deadline
November 23, 2018 – Recommended Thesis/Dissertation Defense Deadline
November 23, 2018 – Embargo Request for Manuscripts Deadline
November 23, 2018 – Approved Formatting for Manuscripts Deadline
December 3, 2018 – Degree Requirement Completion Deadline


Every candidate for a degree from Georgia State University must apply for graduation at least two semesters before the one targeted for Commencement. This registration must take place through the Graduation Services Office. No graduation will be approved without prior registration.

Upcoming graduation-related deadlines are listed above and on the complete Graduation Calendar.

Every candidate for graduation must be registered during the semester of completion of all graduation requirements, including thesis/dissertation defense, performance, or gallery show. Departments may determine the extent and type of hours that must be taken by the candidate during the concluding semester. Activation regulations are explained in the general university-wide section of the graduate catalog. The semester of completion is defined as extending until the first day of the semester immediately following the semester in which degree requirements have been completed.

By the format review deadline, you must submit a single, complete draft of your manuscript within the mandatory template provided by our office. A complete draft includes the following:

  • All preliminary pages, fully completed
  • A complete table of contents and list of tables, figures, and abbreviations where applicable
  • Captions for all tables and figures
  • All major headings, section headings, and subsection headings
  • At least one or two paragraphs of text beneath every heading
  • A draft version of your references and/or works cited pages

Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guidelines: All theses and dissertations required as part of a degree program will be accepted ONLY in digital .pdf format. All electronic files submitted for partial fulfillment of degree requirements must conform to the university standards before final approval is granted by the Graduate Services Office. This guide explains in detail and gives specific examples of precisely how the format and typeface of the document should appear. See the Graduation Calendar for submission deadlines.
Thesis/Dissertation Guidelines 

A&S Dissertation, Thesis, and Graduating Project Information: The College of Arts and Sciences requires that all graduating masters and doctoral students provide information about their dissertation, thesis, or non-thesis project through a short Online Form.
Graduating Project Information 

Thesis/Dissertation Word Template: This template is preformatted according to the A&S formatting guidelines, and has comments explaining each required section. The template is a  mandatory requirement for all thesis and dissertation submissions.
New Thesis and Dissertation Template DocX with comments 

Thesis/Dissertation Binding Forms: Bindings costs must be paid in advance through the Graduate Services online store (credit card only) using these forms.  All candidates for graduation with manuscript requests must make individual arrangements with Graduate Services. The format in the guidelines is strictly for electronic submission. Graduates must pay for any personal or department archival copies of their manuscripts.
Thesis Binding Form         Dissertation Binding Form 

A&S Recognition Celebrations: Graduating masters students have the opportunity to participate in the College of Arts and Sciences Recognition Celebrations in the fall and spring. Visit the Event Website to learn more.

Survey of Earned Doctorates:
Survey of Earned Doctorates 

Thesis/Dissertation Signature Form:

Thesis/Dissertation Signature Form 

Non-Thesis Signature Form:

Non-Thesis Signature Form