Graduation Checklist | Graduate Studies

Step 1: Apply for Admission

Submit all required documents at least six weeks prior to registration.

Step 2: Prepare Degree Plan

Before registering for their first semester, students must meet with their graduate advisor to plan their course of study. Students should familiarize themselves with general graduate school regulations and offerings by reviewing the Graduate Catalog and class registration site.

Upon or before completing 12 semester hours, students must also identify their advisory committee, then prepare and submit their degree plan to the graduate school for approval.

Step 3: Prepare for Thesis

Prior to their last year of study, students should determine their department’s requirements and procedures for thesis presentations and final examinations, as well as the graduate school thesis policies. The thesis and all other final examinations must be filed during the student’s last semester of study.

Find thesis and examination deadlines in the UNT Academic Calendar

Step 4: Prepare for Graduation

Students should review graduation requirements and apply for graduation during their final semester of study. Prior to graduation, students must also check with their advisor and advisory committee to verify all course work is complete. 

Afterward, students should order a cap and gown from the University Bookstore and review UNT commencement procedures. Graduation deadlines can be found in the UNT Academic Calendar.