Summer 2018 Semester Deadlines for Your Manuscript
The deadline dates for the steps below are dependent on the “Thesis and Dissertation Submission Deadline” date, which is different every semester. That date is found on the Registrar’s “Graduation Timelines” website.
The timing for advance steps in the submission process is equally as important as the deadline for submitting your manuscript! First, review “The Process” tab on the university library’s thesis & dissertation website.
The absolute deadline for Summer 2018 MS and PhD graduates to submit their thesis or dissertation manuscripts to Fenwick Library’s Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator is Friday, August 3. If you are planning to submit yours on that date, your deadlines are in red below. If you plan to submit your manuscript earlier than August 4, your dates for these steps will be proportionately earlier. It is strongly advised that you submit your thesis or dissertation before the last day.
8 Weeks before Submitting Your Manuscript to the Library
AND before June 8
Contact the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator at Fenwick Library and arrange a Format Review to include the signature page. http://library.gmu.edu/udts
At Least 7 Weeks before Submitting Your Manuscript to the Library
AND before June 15
Submit a draft manuscript to your committee members for review.
Ask committee members for possible pre-defense and public defense dates.
At Least 5 Weeks before Submitting Your Manuscript
AND before June 29
Hold a pre-defense meeting with your committee—Mandatory for PhD students; recommended for MS thesis students. [PhD students, get Pre-Defense Approval Form signed at this time.]
Hold a submission consultation with the Librarian.
At Least 4 Weeks before Submitting Your Manuscript
AND before July 6
Submit date and desired time of public defense, plus title and abstract, electronically to the Department Administrative Assistant for room scheduling and announcement. [PhD students, submit Pre-Defense Approval Form to the SSB Admin office.]
At Least 3 Weeks before Submitting Your Manuscript
AND before July 13
Submit a final manuscript to your committee, and place a copy in the Gateway Library. In consideration of faculty travel plans, please provide your committee members extra time to review your manuscript before your public defense.
At Least 1 Week before Submitting Your Manuscript to the Library
AND by July 27
Hold your Public Defense. Take 3 copies of the signature page with you.
The minimum one-week lead-time for this step is to allow you to make revisions or corrections to your manuscript as noted by your committee after the public defense, and to obtain all signatures. NOTE: The signature page template can be downloaded from the thesis website under “College of Science” for the School of Systems Biology.
Obtain the required signatures on the manuscript’s cover/ submittal sheet before submitting it to the Library’s Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator.
Many people are involved in producing your thesis — please be considerate and plan ahead!