Doctoral Studies

Announcements, Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Welcome and Orientation for New Doctoral Students

Steinhardt's New Doctoral Student Welcome and Orientation takes place at the start of each fall semester for that year’s entry class. It is an opportunity to get acquainted with some of the services offered by our School and to meet our staff. The orientation is followed by a reception for students and faculty members from across the School.

New Doctoral Student Welcome and Orientation for the Fall 2014 entry class is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, August 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Pless Hall, 3rd Floor Lounge.

First Fridays Research Colloquium

First Fridays meetings will be held in the 3rd Floor Pless Hall Lounge from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch will be provided). The focus of each meeting will be emailed to all doctoral students in advance of each meeting date. There is no formal registration or fee for First Fridays, but we do ask that you RSVP in advance of the meeting. Please send an email to Nancy Hall at to RSVP for the next First Fridays. The tentatively scheduled meeting dates for the 2013-2014 academic year are:

Friday, October 4, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Friday, February 7, 2014 -- CANCELLED
Friday, March 7, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014

Professional Development Series

In Cooperation with the Wasserman Center for Career Development, The Office of Research and Doctoral Studies is pleased to offer a series of lunch time discussions focused on the professional development of doctoral students. These seminars will offer practical advice and techniques related to career grwth and advancement for a number of professional choices after graduation. Discussions will take place within the Fall and Spring Semesters in the 3rd Floor Pless Hall Lounge from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. The scheduled dates and tentative topics are:

September 20, 2013: Writing a CV

October 18, 2013:  Faculty Profile & Letters

November 15, 2013: The Academic Job Interview

February 14, 2014: The Post-Doc

March 14, 2014: Non-academic Careers

Watch for upcoming announcements and contact Danny Schieffler at for more information.

Dissertation Filing Deadlines

The deadlines below are for filing dissertations with the Office of Research and Doctoral Studies for scheduling your final oral examination. Please discuss your anticipated filing date with your committee chairperson and members well in advance of the deadlines listed here. Instructions on the procedures for filing your dissertation, as well as required forms, should be obtained from the Office of Research and Doctoral Studies. Each deadline date below corresponds to one of the three degree conferral dates (January, May, or September).

Deadline Final Oral Examination Period Degree Conferral
October 3, 2013 Fall 2013: November 4 - December 13, 2013 January 2014
February 6, 2014 Spring 2014: March 10 - April 25, 2014 (excluding Spring Break) May 2014
April 24, 2014 Summer 2014: May 27 - June 30, 2014 September 2014

If you have any questions regarding the filing of dissertations, or the scheduling of final oral examinations, please contact Nancy Hall in the Office of Research and Doctoral Studies at or by telephone at 212-998-5044.

Dissertation Format Workshops

If you are planning to file your dissertation on the next deadline and would like to attend a Dissertation Format Workshop, please email Nancy Hall at  or call us at 212-998-5044.

The Dissertation Format Workshops are for students who have questions about preparing the dissertation according to the format requirements outlined in Steinhardt's Handbook for Doctoral Study. We will also go over the procedures for filing dissertations and scheduling the final oral exam. You should bring a draft of your dissertation or the section you would like to review. Please note that this workshop is for format only and we will not be discussing dissertation content.

Upcoming workshops dates and times will be posted here when available. If no workshops are scheduled prior to your dissertation filing date and you would like to go over your format, please contact Nancy Hall at for an appointment.

The next workshop date is Friday, January 31, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Pless Hall, 5th Floor Conference Room). RSVP by email to or call 212-998-5044.

Doctoral Convocation

In addition to the University's Commencement ceremony (which includes all schools and all degrees), the Steinhardt School holds a graduation ceremony for doctoral graduates each May. We encourage our doctoral graduates to attend this convocation and doctoral hooding ceremony.

September 2013, January 2014, and May 2014 doctoral graduates will be invited to attend the May 2014 Doctoral Convocation scheduled for Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Please call the Office of Research and Doctoral Studies at 212-998-5044 for more information or click here.