Final Defense of Thesis/Dissertation

A candidate presenting a thesis or dissertation must pass a final oral examination on all work offered for the degree. The candidate may also be required to pass a written portion of the final examination at the discretion of the major professor, or the advisory committee. The examination(s) is not merely a re-examination covering course material, but is a test of the candidate’s ability to integrate material in the major and related fields, including the work presented in the thesis or dissertation. This examination must be scheduled in accordance with deadlines specified in The Graduate School website. The completed thesis or dissertation, in a form approved by the major professor, shall be distributed to all advisory committee members at least two weeks before the date of the final oral examination. The student’s advisory committee will conduct this examination. Members of the University faculty may attend the examination. In case of failure of the final examination, the candidate may not appear for reexamination until the next semester. The result of the second examination is final.