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Doctoral Dissertation

After successfully completing the final defense, students are expected to soon be ready to file their dissertation. The official UCLA manuscript preparation guide, “Policies and Procedures for Thesis and Dissertation Preparation and Filing” is available at: This document also contains information about how to file online. All Ph.D. students expecting to graduate in a given quarter are strongly encouraged to attend a dissertation meeting scheduled at the beginning of each quarter at the Charles E. Young Research Library. For more information, students should visit the library website.

DOCTORAL FILING FEE: In the term that students intend to file their dissertation, they may go on filing fee status instead of enrolling for courses on the condition that they are completing only their dissertation. Filing fee status may be applied only for one quarter. If students on filing fee fail to complete their dissertation filing by the end of Week 2, they must retroactively enroll and pay fees for that quarter. Information and instruction for completing the doctoral filing fee application are available at: The Filing Fee application is available at: In approximately 10 business days, students should review their Bruin Bill account for a posting of a charge of $179.00 for the doctoral filing fee. Approximately 5 business days after fee payment, the filing date is posted on the transcript. If filed by the term’s dissertation deadline, the “degree awarded” date will be the graduation date of that term.

Deadlines are posted here: Graduate Program Deadlines