Doctoral Studies

Announcements, Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Welcome and Orientation for New Doctoral Students

Steinhardt's New Doctoral Student Welcome reception takes place at the start of each fall semester for that year’s entry class. It is an opportunity to meet some of our faculty and staff, and to make connections with other new doctoral students. 

New Doctoral Student Welcome 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 Colloquium & Professional Development Series

First Fridays

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 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 First Fridays for academic year 2014-2015 are:

Friday, September 5, 2014 -- First Fridays: Dissertation Format Workshop
Friday, December 12, 2014 (date changed from December 5) -- First Fridays: IRB Workshop
Friday, March 6, 2015 -- First Fridays: External Funding Information Session

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:

Friday, November 7, 2014 -- Writing a CV

Friday, February 6, 2015 --  The Post-Doc

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 are available here: . 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 2, 2014 Fall 2014: November 3 - December 12, 2014 January 2015
February 5, 2015 Spring 2015: March 9 - April 17, 2015 (excluding Spring Break) May 2015
April 23, 2015 Summer 2015: May 26 - June 30, 2015 September 2015

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 tentatively schedulded for Friday, September 5, 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 2014, January 2015, and May 2015 doctoral graduates will be invited to attend the May 2015 Doctoral Convocation. Please call the Office of Research and Doctoral Studies at 212-998-5044 for more information or click here.