Doctoral Student Policies

Announcements, Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Orientation for New Doctoral Students

Steinhardt's New Doctoral Student 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 Orientation for the Fall 2011 entry class is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31st from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Pless Hall, 1st 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. 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 to RSVP for the next First Fridays. The meeting dates for the 2011-2012 academic year are:

Friday, October 7
Friday, November 4
Friday, December 2
Friday, February 3
Friday, March 2
Friday, April 6

Graduate Methods Calendar

Click here for the tentative schedule of methods courses for the 2010-11 academic year.

Dissertation Filing Deadlines

The deadlines below are for filing dissertations with the Office of Graduate 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 Graduate Studies. Each deadline date below corresponds to one of the three degree conferral dates (January, May, or September).

Final Oral Examination Period
Degree Conferral
October 6, 2011
Fall 2011: November 7 - December 9, 2011
January 2012
February 2, 2012 Spring 2012: March 5 - April 13, 2012 (excluding Spring Break) May 2012
April 19, 2012 Summer 2012: May 21 - June 29, 2012 September 2012

If you have any questions regarding the filing of dissertations, or the scheduling of final oral examinations, please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (212) 998-5044. For  a pdf version of the Dissertation Filing deadlines please click here.

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 NYUSteinhardt'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.

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 2011, January 2012, and May 2012 doctoral graduates will be invited to attend the May 2012 Convocation. Please call the Office of Graduate Studies at (212) 998-5044 for more information or click here.