PhD – Diploma Application


Students are responsible for their own degree requirements/completeness.


In order to be awarded a PhD degree, students must complete two applications – a candidacy application and a diploma application – and submit their dissertation electronically by the deadline dates.

There are three certification/degree periods (October, January, and May), but there is only one joint convocation ceremony each year in May.

Application for Candidacy

All students must complete the cadidacy application and submit it to the Graduate School Dean's Office by the deadline date.

Candidacy application deadlines are:

  • For October graduation, the deadline is October 1
  • For January graduation, the deadline is January 4
  • For May graduation, the deadline is May 1

Application for Diploma

All students must complete the Online Diploma Application by the deadline date.

Diploma application deadlines are:

  • For October graduation, the deadline is August 1
  • For January graduation, the deadline is November 1
  • For May graduation, the deadline is March 1

Dissertation Submission

All dissertations must be submitted electronically. Dissertations must be converted to a PDF file and then uploaded online to RUetd (Rutgers University Electronic Theses and Dissertations) so that it will be permantly availabale through RUcore (Rutgers University Community Repository). See PhD Dissertation for more information.

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