Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

General Information

The term in which you plan to defend, submit your dissertation and graduate, you must be registered for Thesis (4.THG). Your dissertation defense, which will be online this term, takes place in the presence of your full Dissertation Committee consisting of at least three members including your dissertation supervisor.

Upon satisfactory defense and submission of the dissertation, the supervisor will assign a grade. ("SA" is the final satisfactory grade for the PhD.) The grade will not be submitted to the Registrar until the final approved dissertation document is submitted to the OneDrive folder provided by the degree administrator by the thesis deadline provided on the Institute Academic Calendar. See the Formatting, Specifications & Thesis Submission page for more information.

You are responsible for working directly with your dissertation committee and area administrators to schedule your defense. The defense must not be scheduled for any later than two weeks prior to the Institute thesis submission deadline. Each area may handle the logistics differently, so it is important to touch base with your group early in the defense planning process. For example, many faculty are not available during winter holidays and may wish to schedule the defense earlier in December for a February degree.


September 2022 Theses Deadlines

Friday, June 10, 2022

Friday, July 15, 2022

  • 7/15 Institute deadline to change thesis title in WebSIS
  • Register your final thesis title: You must return to the online site of your application and add or make a change to your thesis title by this deadline. The title on your final thesis must be an exact match of the one you submit on your Application for Degree. If you add your title after this date, you will be charged a late fee.

Monday, August 1, 2022

  • 8:59am thesis due to department thesis portal — this is for the purpose of making certain the document is in compliance with MIT archive requirements. You will be contacted quickly via the portal if adjustments are needed and specific instructions
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Friday, August 5, 2022

  • 8/5 Institute-wide master's thesis deadline (approved by department via department thesis portal ). This will indicate the completion of thesis work for your degree (award date: 9/21/22) and this is the date indicated in your thesis frontmatter.

Friday, August 12, 2022

  • Last day to come off September degree list (contact Tessa Haynes)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

  • Degree date

Formatting, Specifications & Thesis Submission

Important: Consult the Formatting, Specifications and Thesis Submission information page.

PhD Thesis Contacts