Important Dates for the CE/Thesis/Dissertation

Important Dates for the Written Culminating Experience, Thesis, and Dissertation

All student WCE/Thesis/Dissertation proposals must be submitted to the UTSPH Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services for approval by the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services before the proposed research is carried out. Students may submit their WCE/Thesis/Dissertation proposal to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services during any semester in which the student is enrolled, including and up through the proposal submission deadline for their graduation date. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: It is school policy that all UTHealth SPH students completing a Written Culminating Experience, thesis, or dissertation must submit a PROPOSAL for review and approval no later than the last day of class of the term prior to which they expect to graduate.

Students must also adhere to University IRB and Research policies and guidelines, as well as POLICY 401 CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT once their thesis/dissertation proposal is approved. Dual degree students may be enrolled in either program to work on their research.

PLEASE NOTE: Proposals will receive a final approval from the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services after all other applicable institutional approvals (IRB, etc.) have been obtained. However, proposals may be submitted for review to Student Services and the IRB concurrently. For more information about the proposal review process, please refer to the CE, Thesis, and Dissertation Guides at:  Detailed instructions for submitting your proposal are available on the “Submitting Your Proposal” tab at:


Fall 2017

Doctoral Dissertation Award applications due (for more information, click on the Funding tab)


Proposal submission deadline for Spring 2018 graduation

Friday, December 8, 2017

Final CE/Thesis/Dissertation deadline for Fall 2017 graduation

Friday, December 1, 2017

Spring 2018

Proposal submission deadline for Summer 2018 graduation

Friday, April 27, 2018

Final CE/Thesis/Dissertation deadline for Spring 2018 graduation

Friday, April 13, 2018

Find other important graduation dates and requirements at:

UTHealth 2016-2017 Academic Calendar: