Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

JCBS Degree Completion Deadline Policy

*This Policy is currently under review and will be updated to reflect any changes.

Thomas Jefferson University holds one commencement ceremony in May of each year that includes students who have completed their requirements for the Master's Degree or PhD Degree programs in the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences.

For MS students, in order for students to receive their degree and participate in the commencement exercises within a given academic year, students must complete all required didactic course work by the ends of the Spring I term of that year. The only courses that may remain open in the Spring II term are the Maters' Thesis Research courses (870, 880, 890) and Master's Clerkship courses (810, 820, 830). These courses must be completed within the Spring II term. Therefore, to graduate during a given academic year, the student must successfully defend his/her thesis before their committee, submit the approved final bound thesis copy along with a all required signature forms, and participate in the public thesis presentation no later that the scheduled April sessions during that year. If a student does not complete these requirements within this time frame, the date of degree conferral and opportunity to participate in commencement will be the following academic year.

For PhD students, in order for students to receive their degree and participate in the commencement exercises within a given academic year, the Thesis Defense must be passed and the final approved copy of the thesis must be turned in to the Dean's office, along with other pertinent documents, no later than April 1 of that year. Since it is the usual case that revision, sometimes extensive ones, are required to be made to the written thesis as a condition of completion of the degree requirements, students should ensure that their thesis defense that occurs sufficiently prior to April 1 to permit time for the expected revisions to the thesis. If a student does not complete these requirements within this time frame, the date of degree conferral and opportunity to participate in commencement will be the following academic year.

MS or PhD students who have successfully completed all degree requirements thus may have their degree conferral pending for a period of time until the next commencement. Such student may request a letter form the Office of the Dean, indicating that their requirements have been completed, iff need for employment application or other related purpose.