Doctoral Studies

Announcements, Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Welcome Reception 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 2015 entry class is scheduled for Monday, August 31, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Pless Hall, 1st 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 2015-2016 are:

Friday, October, 2, 2015 
Friday, December 4, 2015
Friday, February 5, 2016
Friday, March 4, 2016

Professional Development Series

In Cooperation with the Wasserman Center for Career Development, The Office of 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 growth and advancement for a number of professional choices after graduation. 

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 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 1, 2015 Fall 2015: November 2 - December 11, 2015 January 2016
February 4, 2016 Spring 2016: March 7 - April 22, 2016 (excluding Spring Break) May 2016
April 28, 2016 Summer 2016: May 31 - June 30, 2016 September 2016

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 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 the Dissertation Format section of this site. 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.

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 2015, January 2016, and May 2016 doctoral graduates will be invited to attend the May 2016 Doctoral Convocation scheduled for Thursday, May 12th at 3:00 PM. Invitations will be sent to eligible candidates in late March. Please call the Office of Doctoral Studies at 212-998-5044 for more information or click here