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 Formatting Guide. Research Master's students must follow the Master's Thesis Style Guide. Please read the Doctoral Dissertation Formatting Guide 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.

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Note: Special dissertation defense and deposit instructions continue to be in effect for the Summer 2022 semester. Dissertation defenses may be in-person or presented via remote conferencing. All forms required for depositing will be submitted electronically and title page signatures are not required. A printed copy of the dissertation will not be required and the dissertation must be submitted electronically.