Thesis Master's Degree 

Final Examination Guidelines

Request a Final Examination

To request the Final Examination, following three conditions must first be fulfilled:

  • The Plan of Study for the degree must be submitted and fully approved.
  • Student must be registered for the semester.
  • If you are planning to graduate during the same semester, you must declare your candidacy.
  • At least 51% of the committee members must have regular graduate faculty certification.

Schedule the Final Examination

... with the IE Graduate Office at least 3 weeks prior to the proposed date of the exam.

  • Send the request via email including (the office will handle the room reservation and Form 8):
    • Date and time of your examination
    • A document that shows the committee’s agreement on examination date and time (e.g., email copy or Doodle screenshot)
    • Thesis title
    • Copy of a thesis draft in PDF 
  • To view deadlines administered by the Graduate School, see the Graduate School Deadline Calendar
  • IE graduate students must take the final examination at least ONE WEEK BEFORE the Graduate School’s deadline in order to obtain signatures by the deadline. If you wait until the actual deadline, you will not be able to obtain the signatures in time.

Form 7 (Check on your committee)

Your advisory committee will initiate and complete the electronic Form 7, Report of the Final Examination, and the Graduate School will be notified of the results.

* Contact the IE Graduate Office directly if you need the Head’s signature (Exam Form Head or Thesis Form Head) on the exam and ETAF forms.

DO NOT contact the IE Head.

Thesis Deposit

The Thesis & Dissertation Office requires an electronic thesis acceptance form (ETAF). For more information on ETAF and thesis/dissertation deposit, see Thesis/Dissertation Office.

IE graduate students must complete the ETAF form at least ONE WEEK BEFORE the Graduate School’s deadline in order to obtain signatures by the deadline. If you wait until the actual deadline, you will not be able to obtain the signatures in time.

Important Additional Requirement for Purdue Industrial Engineering:

You must also submit a hardbound, printed copy of your thesis/dissertation to the IE Graduate Office. It is kept in the Dr. Lillian Gilbreth IE School Library. For printing and binding this hard copy, see Purdue Print and Digital Services.

* Contact the IE Graduate Office directly if you need the Head’s signature (Exam Form Head or Thesis Form Head) on the exam and ETAF forms. 

DO NOT contact the IE Head.