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PhD Curriculum

Thesis Defense

When the student's research has achieved the goals agreed upon by the committee and his or her advisor, a dissertation describing the results of the work is prepared is accordance with the guidelines described in the Graduate Student handbook.

The completed Thesis is distributed to the committee for their evaluation, and presented in a lecture open to the public.  Following the public presentation, the committee will test the student’s comprehension of the research studies in a closed session.  Formal acceptance of the dissertation requires approval by a majority of the members of the committee.  If such approval is not obtained, revisions to the dissertation or additional research may be required before the degree is granted. A Report of Final Examination/Dissertation Defense must be submitted.