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Dates and Deadlines

 

2015-16 M.Phil. Deadlines

Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation apply through their department or program in order to receive the Master of Philosophy degree. Applications for the M.Phil. can be filed at any point in the calendar year. Degrees are conferred three times during the academic year—in October, February, and May. Students who are receiving an M.Phil. do not ordinarily participate in Convocation and Commencement ceremonies.

M.Phil. Application (PDF)

The M.Phil. application must be submitted by the department or program to the Dissertation Office by the appropriate deadline.  Applications received after this date cannot be guaranteed for the October conferral.

October 2015 Conferral

Submission deadline: 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015

February 2016 Conferral

Submission deadline: 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2016

May 2016 Conferral

Submission deadline: 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2016

Application for the Dissertation Defense

The Application for the Dissertation Defense form should be submitted to GSAS by the department or program office as soon as the five proposed examiners have been finalized. This form must be reviewed and approved by GSAS before the defense may take place. We recommend that this form be submitted as soon as the five examiners are chosen, even if the defense has not yet been scheduled. We must receive this form from the department or program office at least four weeks before a defense takes place. Any forms received within two weeks of a defense will be rejected, and the defense will have to be rescheduled.

2015-16 Dissertation Deposit Deadlines

It is the doctoral candidate's responsibility to ensure that the dissertation is correctly formatted before the deposit deadline. Click here for formatting guidelines. Students with any questions about formatting, or who would like to have their formatting reviewed, should contact dissertations@columbia.edu well in advance of the deposit deadline.

Please note that it will take three business days for a certification letter to be produced for deposits that take place in the week before a deadline. If you need your certification letter by a certain date, it is your responsibility to complete the process in advance.

October 2015 Conferral

  • 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015: Last day to deposit a dissertation for the October conferral.

February 2016 Conferral

  • 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2016: Last day to deposit a dissertation for the February conferral.

May 2016 Conferral

  • 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2016: Last day to deposit a dissertation for the May conferral and have your name appear in the Convocation Booklet.
     
  • 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 29, 2016: Last day to deposit a dissertation for the May conferral. Last day to have your name appear in the addendum to the Convocation Booklet.

For more information on the deposit, please click here.

2015-16 Degree Conferral Dates

In order to have the degree conferred on the dates below, all required materials must be submitted by the deadlines stated above.

  • October 21, 2015
  • February 10, 2016
  • May 18, 2016