A written Qualifying Examination is taken at the end of the second semester coursework to determine if the student may continue in the program. If examination results are not successful, the student will be allowed to retake the test once after registering for directed study with his/her advisor based on weaknesses identified by the qualifying examination committee.

The Proposal Defense is an oral defense of a written dissertation research proposal.

The Final Defense is an oral defense of the completed dissertation. Students make one public oral defense.

The University sets a deadline date for the final defense.

Prior to this deadline, students must have already completed the following:

  1. successfully defended their dissertation
  2. made any corrections requested by their dissertation committee
  3. submitted their approved electronic (ETD) version of their dissertation.

This means students need to work with their committee chairs to schedule their final defense dates at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to the University deadline.

Final Defense Deadlines:

Check the University Academic Calendar for the latest date to submit approved thesis.