Department of English Master of Fine Arts MFA Program in Creative Writing


You should have a good rough draft of the thesis ready by the semester you plan on graduating. The graduation deadlines come up very quickly and there really is no time to write that final semester. You’ll be busy formatting your thesis and putting the finishing touches on your thesis essay.

Things to consider: you must have an approved Plan of Study on file the semester before (at least!) you plan on graduating.

Your application for degree and Revision to Plan of Study forms are due as stated on the Academic Calendar, generally close to the start of the semester.

Check out the quick reference guide and detailed reference guide for more information on these deadlines and the thesis process.

Below is a list of graduation deadlines, be sure to check exact dates on Graduate Academic Calendar:

These procedures must be completed before the thesis is turned in.

All thesis deadlines must be discussed in consultation with your committee chair.

  • Draft of entire thesis to Thesis Committee Chair—2 months prior to Thesis deadline

  • Committee Chair Final Review—4 weeks prior to Thesis deadline

  • Committee Review of revised draft—4 weeks prior to Thesis deadline

  • Schedule Thesis Defense with Committee

  • Dept. Chair Review—2 weeks prior to Thesis deadline

  • Dean Review—1 week prior to Thesis deadline

Check out the thesis formatting video tutorials online. These will help you format your thesis. Remember that you’ll need to check your thesis formatting with the Graduate College before turning it in - it’s also very important to have the signature page checked for formatting before you send it around for signatures. Send it to graduatewriting@fau.edu  for a formatting check.

Follow all instructions on Degree Completion as described by the Graduate College. Also, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines. For MFA students, we recommend writing in "indefinite embargo" on the ProQuest Publishing agreement under the "select publishing options" section.

The Registrar’s Office will send you an email with information on how to collect your graduation tickets. You must remember to RSVP as soon as possible - if you wait too long, tickets may run out. You can find more information from the Registrar’s Office.


Spring 2016 MFA Deadlines



Plan of Study

After 15 credit hours (no later than 12/11/2015)

Application for degree

Friday 1/29

Revision to Plan of Study

Friday 2/27

Draft of thesis to committee (you will use your committee members’ comments to make final revisions)

Friday 2/12 – please note this date is a suggestion and should be discussed with your committee members.

Thesis defense (this is when you collect signatures from the committee – your signature page must be approved and on bond paper). Thesis defense dates are scheduled in consultation with your chair and committee members. Thesis chair signs your transmittal memo.

3/14-3/18 & 3/21-3/25 – be sure to have your signature page checked by the Graduate College (email graduatewriting@fau.edu) before you have it signed by your committee. I recommend having it checked at least a week before this deadline. (Latest complimentary review date is 3/28)

Department Chair Review (be sure to give the chair a copy of your final, formatted thesis for review with your transmittal memo)

Monday 3/28 – thesis is on regular paper, signature page is on bond paper

Dean Review (be sure to give the Dean a copy of your final, formatted thesis for review with your transmittal memo)

Monday 4/4 – thesis is on regular paper, signature page is on bond paper

Last day to submit completed master’s thesis (printed on draft paper) and transmittal memo to the Graduate College for approval. Signed signature page(s) printed on bond paper must be included with the thesis

Monday 4/11

Last day to submit final manuscript package to the Graduate College

Wednesday 4/20

Last day to upload electronic thesis or dissertation to the FAU library

Wednesday 4/20

Commencement (9 a.m., 1p.m. and 5 p.m.)

Thursday 5/5 or Friday 5/6

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