Critical Dates

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Review the dates and deadlines below and mark your calendars for key academic dates, including dissertation and commencement deadlines, exam schedules and more. Some dates may be subject to change. 

For other important dates during the semester, not included in the calendars below, refer to the:

 

  GSEHD Academic Calendar

Fall 2022
First Day of Classes August 29
Ed Leadership & Admin Session 1* August 29-October 21
Dissertation Defenses (First Day) September 1
Labor Day (No Classes) September 5
Applications for Comprehensive Exams Due October 1
FA '22 Doctoral Graduates: Dissertation Defense Materials Due October 18
Fall Break (No Classes) October 24-25
Ed Leadership & Admin Session 2* October 24-December 12
FA '22 Graduates: Graduation Application Due  November 15
FA '22 Graduates: Last day to take PRAXIS November 15
SP '23 Doctoral Graduates: Dissertation Defense Materials Due for Fall 2022 Defense November 16
FA '22 Doctoral Graduates: Last Day to Defend Dissertations November 18
Thanksgiving Break (No Classes) November 23-26
Master's Comprehensive Exams November 30
Application for Certificate Clearance Due December 1
On-Campus Doctoral Comprehensive Exams December 1-2
FA '22 Doctoral Graduates: ProQuest Deadline (Final Dissertation Submitted to GW Library) December 9
Last Day of Classes December 12
Make-Up Day** December 13
Dissertation Defense Materials Due for Spring 2023 Defense while Enrolled in CE  December 15
Fall Degree Conferral January 6

*For more information, please contact Marcia Brightman at mbright@gwu.edu.

**Make-Up Day: Reserved for any unanticipated class cancelations/disruptions. The instructor will provide an update prior to Thanksgiving break.

 

Spring 2023

 

Ed Leadership & Admin Session 1* January 9-March 4
First Day of Classes January 17
Dissertation Defenses (First Day) January 17
Applications for Comprehensive Exams Due  February 1
SP '23 Doctoral Graduates: Dissertation Defense Materials Due for Spring 2023 Graduate Eligibility February 15
President's Day (No Classes) February 20
Ed Leadership & Admin Session 2* March 6-April 29
Spring Break (No Classes) March 13-18
SP '23 Graduates: Graduation Applications Due March 15
SP '23 Doctoral Graduates: Last Day to Defend Dissertations March 17
Master's Comprehensive Exams   March 29
Doctoral Comprehensive Exams  March 30-31
SU '23 Doctoral Graduates: Dissertation Defense Materials Due to Defend in Spring 2023 April 1
SU '23 Graduates: Application to Participate in Spring 2023 Graduation Ceremony Due
(Must Register for Summer Courses Prior to Submission)
April 1
SP '23 Doctoral Graduates: ProQuest Deadline (Final Dissertation Submitted to GW Library) April 12
SP '23 Graduates: Last day to take PRAXIS April 15
Dissertation Defense Materials Due for Summer 2023 Defense while Enrolled in CE  May 1
Last Day of Classes May 1
Make-Up Day** May 2
GSEHD Doctoral Hooding May 19
GSEHD School Commencement Celebration May 20
GW Commencement on the National Mall May 21

*For more information, please contact Marcia Brightman at mbright@gwu.edu.

**Make-Up Day: Reserved for any unanticipated class cancelations/disruptions. The instructor will provide an update prior to March 30.

 

Summer 2023

Summer 2023 Critical Dates Will Be Posted Soon

 

  Appeals Committee Meetings

Master's Appeals Committee (MAC)
  • September 6, 2022
  • October 4, 2022
  • November 1, 2022
  • November 29, 2022
  • January 17, 2023
  • February 7, 2023
  • March 7, 2023
  • April 11, 2023
  • May 9, 2023

(Note: in order for your appeal to be heard by MAC, it must be submitted to your Student Services Representative two weeks prior to the Committee meeting. For instructions on formulating an appeal, please review the Graduate Student Handbook.)

Post-Master's Appeals Committee (PMAC)
  • September 14, 2022
  • October 19, 2022
  • November 30, 2022
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 22, 2023
  • April 19, 2023

(Note: in order for your appeal to be heard by PMAC, it must be submitted to docgsehd@gwu.edu two weeks prior to the Committee meeting. For instructions on formulating an appeal, please review the Doctoral Student Handbook.)

 

  Key Dissertation Dates

Fall 2022
September 1 First Day to Defend Dissertations
October 18 FA '22 Graduates: Last day to turn in Dissertation Defense Materials to Dean's Office
November 16 SP '23 Graduates: Last day to turn in Dissertation Defense Materials to Dean’s Office to defend in Fall 2022
November 18 FA '22 Graduates: Last Day to Defend Dissertations
December 9 FA '22 Graduates: ProQuest Approval Deadline (submission of final dissertation to GW library)
December 15 Last day to submit dissertation materials to defend in Spring 2023 while enrolled in CE (free, zero credit option)

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Spring 2023

 

January 17 First Day to Defend Dissertation 
February 15 SP '23 Graduates: Last day to turn in Dissertation Defense Materials to Dean's Office
March 17 SP '23 Graduates: Last Day to Defend Dissertations
April 1 SU '23 Graduates: Last day to turn in Dissertation Defense Materials to Dean’s Office to defend in Spring 2023
April 12 SP '23 Graduates: ProQuest Deadline (submission of final dissertation to GW library)
May 1 Last day to submit dissertation materials to defend in Summer 2023 while enrolled in CE (free, zero credit option)

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  Comprehensive Exam Schedule

Fall 2022

 

October 1 Applications for Comprehensive Exams Due
November 15 PRAXIS Deadline for Fall 2022 Grads
November 30 Master's Comprehensive Exams
December 1-2 On-campus Doctoral Comprehensive Exams
Spring 2023

 

February 1 Applications for Comprehensive Exams Due
March 29 Master's Comprehensive Exams
March 30-31 On-campus Doctoral Comprehensive Exams
April 15 PRAXIS Deadline for Spring 2023 Grads

 

  Graduation Dates & Deadlines

Spring 2023 Commencement

 

March 15 Applications for Spring 2023 Graduation Due 
March 16-April 1 SU '23 Graduates: Submit Application to Participate in Spring 2023 Ceremony
(Be sure to register for summer courses prior to submission)
May 19 GSEHD Doctoral Hooding
May 20 GSEHD School Commencement Celebration
May 21 GW Commencement on the National Mall