Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies


To be eligible to apply to graduate, degree candidates must first be enrolled in either: Thesis B (MES 698B) or Report (MES 398R). Please submit the online application to graduate early in the semester. Be certain to maintain regular contact with all committee members about what they want to see, and by when, as you prepare to submit the thesis/report.

Carefully review the Graduate School's instructions. THIS IS IMPORTANT.


Thesis / Report Submission Process

Graduating students are required to publish their thesis, report, dissertation or treatise digitally by uploading a single PDF to the Texas Digital Library (TDL). Because electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) must be published, if any material contained in your document might require permission from another party for publication, all such permissions must be obtained prior to the submission of the ETD. Technical support is available. Click here to begin your submission.


Thesis / Report Formatting

Theses/reports must follow the guidelines of the Graduate School booklet Format Guidelines for Dissertations, Treatises, Theses, and Reports. A format check is recommended before you submit your completed work. If the format has not been checked prior to submission, it will be checked at the time of submission. The Graduate School offers Microsoft Word templates to assist you in formatting your thesis or dissertation. Before using a template, review the Using the Thesis and Dissertation Templates user guide.



Graduation Ceremony (Convocation)

The Graduate School holds its annual convocation each May in Bass Concert Hall. Students who complete degree requirements in the spring semester - as well as the preceding fall and summer semesters - are welcome to participate. Registration is required for currently enrolled students; for those enrolled within the previous 2 semesters, the Graduate School will email alumni to extend an invitation to the convocation. 



Diplomas will be mailed to the student's permanent address starting in the month following graduation. Please visit All My Addresses to ascertain that the diploma will be received where you want it to be sent and not, for example, to an empty apartment in Austin!


In Absentia - available only at the end of summer semesters

This option comes in handy for summer degree candidates who almost make, but miss, the summer submission deadline in mid-August. It essentially extends the submission deadline to the day before the first class day of the fall semester. That is, it buys the student approximately an extra 10 days to tie up loose ends and submit the dissertation/thesis/report, and all of the accompanying paperwork. (Since the first class day of fall 2016 is Aug. 24, the submission deadline for in absentia is Aug. 23.) The advantages typically outweigh the disadvantages:

  • Disadvantage:  the student does not earn the degree until December (approximately 4 months after summer graduation). Therefore, a final transcript cannot be ordered until January.
  • Advantage:  tuition would not need to be paid for the fall semester. There is a simple $25 flat fee, payable only by check to "UT Austin." If requested at the time of document submission, the Graduate School will provide a formal letter stating that the student has satisfied degree requirements. An employer might wish to see evidence of such a thing in lieu of a diploma or final transcript.

However, if the student misses the in absentia deadline (again, the day before the first class day of the fall semester), there is no choice but to re-register and pay tuition for the Thesis B/Report course for the fall semester. And it becomes necessary to reapply to graduate in the fall. This may pose 3 significant problems:

  1. MES might not allow a degree extension.
  2. Your committee might not agree to continue working with you.
  3. Even if #1 or #2 are not problems, the student is responsible for paying at least 3 credit hours worth of tuition for the fall semester.

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