Graduate Degrees

The Office of the Provost oversees the graduation process for all PhD and Research Master's degrees at the University as of September 2021. The University of Pennsylvania confers degrees in May, August, and December. Commencement and diploma ceremonies are held in May.

Degree candidates must apply to graduate by the date listed in the Graduation Calendar to be eligible for the conferral of their degree and issuance of their diploma in a given term. The specific deadlines for deposit and graduation for each degree term are listed in the Graduation Calendar.

To successfully deposit a PhD dissertation, the University's requirements for formatting the dissertation must be followed, per the Dissertation Manual. Research Master's students must follow the Master's Thesis Style Guide. Please read the Doctoral Dissertation Manual and Formatting Template for assistance with formatting your work, as proper formatting may take more time than you anticipate.

Degree clearance is contingent upon timely and successful completion of all degree requirements.

Need help? Contact grad-degree@provost.upenn.edu.

Note: Special dissertation defense and deposit instructions continue to be in effect for the Fall 2021 semester. Dissertation defenses may be in-person or presented via remote conferencing. Electronic signatures will be allowed on all required forms for depositing, a printed copy of the dissertation will not be required, and the dissertation must be submitted electronically.