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Graduate Program

Thesis Defense

When your thesis is complete, you must defend it in a public exam conducted by your committee. You will need to:

  • Schedule the defense for a time when all committee members can be present.
  • Reserve a room.
  • Send a copy of your abstract to Chris Coonrad so that she can forward it to the department faculty and grad students.
  • Fill out a Record of Dissertation Exam form. After your defense, have your committee members sign the form.
  • Have your committee members sign your thesis cover pages.

The defense should occur at least one year after the candidacy exam. Students who wish to defend less than one year after the candidacy must contact the Graduate Program Director for approval.

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