Once your dissertation is nearing completion, it’s time to schedule your defense—your final oral examination.You should begin making arrangements for your defense at the beginning of the semester (especially during the summer) in order to accommodate the travel plans of your committee members.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she remains in compliance with all his/her official paperwork for student status and has completed all appropriate applications and paperwork that may be required for his/her post-graduation plans in the US.
In the preparation of a thesis/dissertation, the student should consult the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide and follow the instructions for the required format.
Students are not enrolled the semester(s) after they defend unless they fail or pass with major revisions (see details at end of this document).
International Students It is the student’s responsibility to meet with Ms.
The Graduate School will not approve thesis/dissertations that do not follow the format outlined in the manual.
Visit the Library Resource Page Get Your Readers Approved The student must send a memo for the selection of reader(s) to the TGS Dean’s office for approval.The Graduate School does not distinguish between physical attendance or electronic/virtual attendance.If one non-supervisory committee member is unable to attend the defense, there must be an explanation of the member’s absence, together with an assurance that your dissertation will be read, and if approved, signed.After successful completion of your defense and any required revisions to your dissertation, the dissertation signature page should also be signed by all members of your committee and must be submitted to the Graduate School.After you’ve made required or requested revisions to your dissertation, if any, check it carefully for grammar, spelling, punctuation, content, and format, then convert it to the required PDF format and upload it.You, the student, and your supervisor, in negotiation with the dissertation committee members, should determine a time and date for the defense.Each member of your committee must receive a copy of your dissertation at least four weeks prior to your dissertation defense date.You must schedule the dissertation defense with the Graduate School at least two weeks prior to the defense date by completing the Request for Final Oral Examination form.All members of your committee must sign your request form indicating their intent to be present at your final oral.In no instance should another thesis/dissertation be used as a guide for the style and format of a manuscript.It is the responsibility of the Major Advisor to see that the student adheres to these policies.