Deadlines and Publications

The thesis may be deposited at any time during the year, but the following deposit deadlines determine the date of the degree.

For the degree to be awardedThe student must deposit by

September 30

September 15

January 31

January 15

June 30 (Master’s Program graduation date)

June 15

The degree is awarded on September 30, January 31, or the date of ISMMS’s annual Commencement in June. Students depositing by the January or June deadline will receive their diploma at Commencement

Notification of Registrar – By March 1, students must notify the Registrar of their intent to deposit their thesis on or before the June deposit deadlines in order to be included in the Commencement exercises of that year. Commencement information will be sent during the spring semester to the student’s last email address recorded with the Graduate School Office.

Special consideration – Those students who have a thesis defense scheduled after June 15th MAY, at the discretion of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, be eligible to participate in the spring Commencement ceremony even though they have not met the June 15th thesis deposit deadline. In cases where a student is allowed to participate, he/she/they will not receive a diploma at graduation. After a successful defense, a diploma will be awarded on the next date that degrees are conferred (September 30th). Only students in good academic standing will be offered this courtesy. In this case, good academic standing means that all coursework has been completed with passing grades and the student’s mentor/committee fully expect the student will successfully defend his/her/their thesis prior to June 15th. If either of these criteria is not met, the student will not be allowed to participate in the spring graduation ceremony. Additionally, any student whose defense was not acceptable to their committee will not be allowed to participate in Commencement until after successfully defending and depositing.


Publications stemming from an MSBS student's thesis research should include the following acknowledgement:

"This work represents the Master’s thesis of (students name) as partial requirement for the fulfillment of the MS degree in Biomedical Sciences offered by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Mount Sinai."

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