Master’s and doctoral students nearing degree completion should prepare early for graduation from UNC Charlotte. To graduate, students must be enrolled at UNC Charlotte and must apply to graduate. Check the Academic Calendar for graduation dates and application deadlines. The Graduate School website has useful information for all graduating students. FAQ’s are available that address many aspects of the graduation process and timelines. Search by topic or browse by popularity at the Graduation and Commencement FAQ Pages.
Thesis and Dissertation
Special Note on Coronavirus
Social distancing measures related to the Coronavirus may prevent a thesis or dissertation committee from meeting face-to-face. When illness or caution prevent someone on the committee from attending the defense, remote participation is appropriate. The Graduate School will be very flexible regarding defenses. Committee chairs and students should agree on the best method for a given defense. ALL committee members must participate in the defense, whether in person or virtually. This flexibility extends to students who need to defend remotely. It is the chair’s responsibility to ensure that all committee members sign-off on the final defense form. Scanned signatures are allowed and additional time will be extended so that a form can be signed by all members. When this is not possible, we will accept the defense form with the chair’s signature, accompanied by emails from each committee member stating their approval. Please remember that milestone forms are needed in order for the Graduate School to clear students for graduation. Please do your best to send the forms electronically as soon as possible following a defense. This flexible interpretation of our policy will remain in effect for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.
All students enrolled in thesis-based master's programs or Doctoral programs must submit an electronic thesis or dissertation (ETD). Questions on dissertation formatting and submission may be directed to Dr. Aura Young. Questions on Master's Thesis formatting and submission may be directed to Julie Green.
Thesis and dissertation defense and submission deadlines have been extended due to the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The extended dates are:
Dissertation and Thesis Defense deadline - May 1, 2020
Dissertation and Thesis Submission deadline - May 14, 2020
Beginning Fall 2019, all doctoral students will be required to submit their dissertations to iThenticate, a plagiarism detection service. This must take place prior to the final defense, and doctoral dissertation committees are expected to review the resulting Similarity Report along with the final, pre-defense draft of the dissertation. Committee members will now sign the Final Defense Report not just to indicate that the student has passed his or her final defense, but also in order to verify the originality of the dissertation. Visit the iThenticate tab under Current Students to learn more. For further information please contact Dr. Aura Young.
Special Note on May 2020 Commencement
Due to the evolving nature of coronavirus COVID-19 and based on current federal health guidance, UNC Charlotte’s May commencement ceremony has been postponed. The University is working to develop alternative ceremony plans and will share those sometime in May. For the most current information on commencement, visit the Commencement website.