Texas Tech University

Important Graduate Student Deadlines 

Travel Funding

  • For Spring 2020: February 10, 2020
  • For Fall 2020:  Early October  (Exact date TBD)



  • Annual Departmental Scholarships:  March 13, 2020

All students will receive an email ahead of the deadline with the application and all relevant information.


Graduate Part-Time Instructor Application 

A student must be ABD or will be ABD in the upcoming semester. Contact Dr. Ben Poole, the Graduate Teaching Coordinator, for the application.

  • For Fall 2020:  March 1, 2020
  • For Spring 2021: October 1, 2020


5th-Semester TA Funding Application

Graduation Deadline Calendar 

**All deadlines listed below are based on December 2019 graduation**

All Graduating Students 

Graduation Regalia Deadline:  TBA

If you are ordering graduation regalia through Texas Tech, then you must do so by the date above. Contact the Bookstore at 806.742.3816 or 1.800.377.7329. 

Grade Changes Deadline:  November 18, 2019

All grades of I, CR, and PR must be removed from a student's transcript by the date above to be allowed to graduate. This rule does not apply to a CR or PR grade received on previous thesis (HIST 6000) hours – only the last thesis course (the last three 6000 hours) must have an actual grade. Grade changes are made by the instructor of record for the grade in question.

Final Grades Deadline:  December 12, 2019

Final grades for graduating students are due at noon on the date above.

MA Thesis & PhD Dissertation Students

In addition to the requirements listed under "All Graduating Students," please be aware of and meet the following deadlines:

Defense Notification:  September 27, 2019

Last day (or at least 3 weeks prior to your defense date) for Doctoral students to have their advisor submit the Doctoral Defense Notification Form to the Graduate School via the Sharepoint portal.

Thesis & Dissertation Defense Deadline:  October 18 , 2019

MA Thesis students must defend their thesis by the date above. 

Signed Oral Defense and Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form Deadline:  November  1, 2019

The oral defense and thesis approval form with ALL committee members' signatures must be submitted within two weeks of a student's defense or no later than this deadline. Turn the form into the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Submission of Thesis/Dissertation for Formatting Review Deadline:  November 1, 2019

Graduating students must submit a final, committee-approved copy of their thesis to the Graduate School for review by the date above.  Thesis formatting guidelines are here.

Thesis/Dissertation Fee Deadline:  December 9, 2019

Graduating thesis students must pay the required $50 thesis-dissertation fee by the above date. The fee will be posted to the student's university bill and can be paid through Student Business Services. The fee is refundable if a student fails to graduate. The fee can also be applied to a future graduation semester if necessary.

MA Non-Thesis Students

In addition to the requirements listed under "All Graduating Students," please be aware of and meet the following deadlines:

Comprehensive Exams Deadline:  October 18, 2019

MA Non-thesis students must complete their comprehensive exams by the above date. You must complete the attached form, “MA Non-Thesis Comprehensive Exam Scheduling Form.” The Graduate Program Coordinator will provide your committee chair with the appropriate approval form (Comprehensive Exam Report) for the conclusion of your exams.

Official Report on Final Comprehensive Exams Deadline:  November 18, 2019

The official report of the result of your comprehensive exams are due to the Graduate School by the above date. Your chair will return the signed form to the Graduate Program Coordinator for upload to the Graduate School for submission.


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