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

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.


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.