PREPARING FOR THE ORAL DEFENSE
A formal public defense must take place on campus at a date set by the committee chair and approved by the Graduate School.
Tentative approval of the dissertation by the committee is recommended prior to the formal defense. This approval is based on evaluation of copies of the final manuscript, which the candidate provides for the dissertation committee at least 3 weeks before the formal defense.
Committee members' attendance at the oral defense:
The preferred, best practice is to have all members of the dissertation committee physically present at the final oral defense. In cases where this is not possible, the following policies apply:
The chair of the committee must submit the Certificate of Completion form to the Graduate School within 2 weeks after the defense. This form certifies the outcome of the defense.
To apply to defend your dissertation, an approved Application for Final Oral Defense must be submitted to the Graduate School 3 weeks before the date of the final oral defense.
Instructions for applying for the final oral defense:
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