Graduate School

O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2700
gradinfo@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Master's Students

As a master’s degree student, you are encouraged to plan ahead and submit your manuscript as early as possible to ensure ample time for necessary revisions. Delay in submission will result in postponement of your graduation date. 

Thesis and Dissertation Forms Nominate your mentor
Important dates

Summer 2021 semester

  • May 3
    • Classes begin at 7:30 a.m.  
  • May 31
  • July 12
    • Last day to defend thesis
      • If you do not defend by this date, you will be denied graduation for Summer 2021 and must update your graduation semester.
  • July 19
    • Last day to obtain thesis format approval from the Graduate School
      • You must meet with the thesis/dissertation coordinator for final draft review.
      • You must complete all format corrections and attain format approval from the Graduate School, no later than JULY 19.  
  • July 26
    • Last day to submit required copies of approved thesis to the Graduate School for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 
  • August 23
    • Classes end at 10:00 p.m.  

Fall 2021 semester

  • September 2
    • Classes begin at 7:30 a.m.  
  • September 30
  • November 2
    • Last day to defend thesis
      • If you do not defend by this date, you will be denied graduation for Fall 2021 and must update your graduation semester.
  • November 9
    • Last day to obtain thesis format approval from the Graduate School
      • You must meet with the thesis/dissertation coordinator for final draft review.
      • You must complete all format corrections and attain format approval from the Graduate School, no later than NOVEMBER 9.  
  • November 16
    • Last day to submit required copies of approved thesis to the Graduate School for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 
  • December 14
    • Classes end at 10:00 p.m.  

Winter 2022 semester

  • January 5
    • Classes begin at 7:30 a.m.  
  • January 31
  • March 15
    • Last day to defend thesis
      • If you do not defend by this date, you will be denied graduation for Winter 2022 and must update your graduation semester.
  • March 22
    • Last day to obtain thesis format approval from the Graduate School
      • You must meet with the thesis/dissertation coordinator for final draft review.
      • You must complete all format corrections and attain format approval from the Graduate School, no later than MARCH 22.  
  • March 29
    • Last day to submit required copies of approved thesis to the Graduate School for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 
  • April 26
    • Classes end at 10:00 p.m.  
Thesis process

When submitting a thesis, you must meet with the thesis and dissertation coordinator. Meetings are by appointment only; no walk-ins are accepted. Review the whole thesis process by visiting the Thesis and Dissertation page.

Helpful tools

In addition to the graduate program catalog, graduate course description catalog (which is updated daily) and the graduate student policy, these tools will help you to maintain good academic standing at OU.

Please contact your adviser or graduate program coordinator for specific program requirements.