Master's Thesis Checklist

Graduation information for master's students

Below you will find step-by-step guidance to walk you through the graduation clearance process.  Please click on each "checkmark" below to navigate your way toward graduation.  If you have any questions, please use our FAQs.  Congratulations on reaching this achievement in your education.

Programs may have earlier deadlines. Graduate School deadlines are published in the official Academic Calendar.  Students are responsible for following the policies published in the Graduate CatalogForms referenced on this page may be found on the Graduate School Forms web page.

Check your DegreeWorks audit to ensure you are on track to graduate. DegreeWorks is the definitive record for graduation clearance.  Students, faculty, and staff may access DegreeWorks via my.uncc.edu. Students are encouraged to routinely check their degree progress in DegreeWorks.

If you received a Master’s Degree from UNC Charlotte or another institution and plan to use those courses toward your Doctoral Degree, you must file a Graduate Academic Petition to transfer those courses from your Master’s program into your Doctoral program. Course substitutions and/or other exceptions to your program’s curriculum also require submission of an academic petition.

All students (doctoral, master’s, certificate) must apply for graduation by the published deadline in the final term.  Check your DegreeWorks audit if you're not sure if you applied to graduate.

Students who fail to apply for graduation by the published deadline will not be evaluated for graduation and will be ineligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

How do I submit the ‘Online Graduation Application’?

  1. Log into my.uncc.edu.

  2. Under Academic Resources, select ‘Student Records’.

  3. Under ‘Student Records’, select ‘Online Graduation Application’.

  4. Click "Continue" if this is the first time a graduation application has been submitted or "Create a New Application" if one has been submitted previously.

  5. After all sections are complete, click the "Submit" button.

The ‘Online Graduation Application’ triggers a review of your academic progress by the Graduate School. Students who apply to graduate but appear short of meeting all degree/certificate requirements will be notified by email. As the definitive record for graduation clearance, your individual DegreeWorks audit must reflect that you are on track to graduate in a given term.

Deadline Date
Application Deadline for Spring 2021 Graduation February 24, 2021
Application Deadline for Summer 2021 Graduation June 30, 2021

The Proposal Defense for Master's Thesis Report is due following the proposal defense. If your research requires IRB/IACUC/IBC approval, the approval memo email should be forwarded to gradschoolforms@uncc.edu once it is received or at the latest within one day of the FINAL defense. Please specify Master's Documents in the subject line.

Deadline Date
Master's Thesis Proposal Deadline for Spring 2021 Graduation February 24, 2021
Master's Thesis Proposal Deadline for Summer 2021 Graduation June 4, 2021

Students are highly encouraged to attend a Formatting Review meeting prior to their dissertation defense. Schedule an appointment with Julie Green. Review the formatting requirement manual(s) and email Julie your document prior to your appointment.

Note: The formatting review does not appear as a milestone in DegreeWorks.

Deadline Date
Formatting Review Deadline for Spring 2021 Graduation April 30, 2021
Formatting Review Deadline for Summer 2021 Graduation July 22, 2021

Following the completion of this defense, the master's candidate must submit the Master's Final Defense Report for Thesis or Project to the Graduate School within one business day of the Final Defense.

Scanned copies of the signed Dissertation Title Page and the IRB/IACUC/IBC approval memo if applicable, must also be forwarded to gradschoolforms@uncc.edu within one business day of the final defense. Please specify Master's Documents in the subject line.

Deadline Date
Master's Thesis Defense Deadline for Spring 2021 Graduation May 3, 2021
Master's Thesis Defense Deadline for Summer 2021 Graduation July 29, 2021

Following the successful completion of the thesis defense, theses must be submitted to ProQuest no later than the published deadline, indicated both on this page as well as on the University calendar.  At the time of document submission, the master's thesis student must submit the Master's Thesis Submission and ETD Signature Form and signed Title Page to gradschoolforms@uncc.edu. Specify Master's Documents in the subject line. Payment for the Submission Fee and optional Copyright must be done through the online Payment Portal.

Payment for the required $45 submission fee and optional $75 copyright registration fee must be made through our online Payment Portal. (Another option is to register your copyright yourself for only $55 at copyright.gov, which you can do at any point.) Hard copies ordered through ProQuest must be paid for on ProQuest's website; otherwise, you will make no payments directly to ProQuest. 

Your thesis will appear in ProQuest as well as in UNC Charlotte's institutional repository, Niner Commons

Deadline Date
Master's Thesis Submission Deadline for Spring 2021 Graduation May 10, 2021
Master's Thesis Submission Deadline for Summer 2021 Graduation August 5, 2021

    Thesis Formatting and Graduation Clearance: Julie Green