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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 to be written according to the guidelines established described in the Graduate Student handbook, distributed to the committee for their evaluation, and presented in a lecture open to the public. Following the public discussion, the committee may examine the student on issues related to the research in closed session. Formal acceptance of the dissertation requires approval of 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.