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Doctoral Studies

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. 

The New Doctoral Student Welcome for the Fall 2019 entry class is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Pless Hall, 1st Floor Lounge.

First Fridays Doctoral 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 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 2019-2020 are:

  • Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Friday, April 3, 2020

Final Oral Examination Filing Deadlines

The deadlines below are for filing for final oral examination. Please discuss your anticipated final oral examination date and dissertation filing date with your committee chairperson and members well in advance of the deadlines listed here. Find instructions on the procedures for filing your dissertation as well as required forms. Each deadline date below corresponds to one of the three degree conferral dates (January, May, or September). You will also need to apply for graduation on Albert in accordance with their Graduation Deadlines.

Final Oral Examination Filing Deadlines
Deadline Final Oral Examination Period Degree Conferral
October 3, 2019 Fall 2019: November 4 - December 6, 2019 January 2020
February 6, 2020 Spring 2020: March 9 - April 17, 2020 (excluding Spring Break) May 2020
April 23, 2020 Summer 2020: May 26 - June 26, 2020 September 2020

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 workshop 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 2019, January 2020, and May 2020 doctoral graduates will be invited to attend the Doctoral Convocation ceremony in May 2020. Invitations will be sent to eligible candidates in late March 2020. Please call the Office of Doctoral Studies at 212-998-5044 for more information or visit the Steinhardt Graduation webpage.