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Defense of Thesis or Dissertation

Oral Defense
Graduate students completing a thesis or dissertation as part of their degree program should check with their academic college for specific requirements. Defense of a thesis or dissertation should be scheduled and take place at least two weeks prior to publisheddeadlines for submission of a thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School and prior to commencement exercises of any quarter. Students unable to meet the deadline may not be allowed to graduate during the quarter.

Thesis General Requirements

The requirement of a thesis varies within the University; therefore, the prospective student should check the college and/or departmental sections of the catalog for their stipulations. General requirements, applicable to all graduate students meeting this thesis requirement, are enumerated below.

  • A thesis subject should be selected by the student in consultation with the student's advisor and must be approved by the Advisory Committee. With permission of the Advisory Committee, a student not in residence but who has satisfied all course requirements may complete the thesis "in absentia."
  • The research and thesis must be certified by registration in and completion of all requirements of the research and thesis courses numbered 551. If the student does not complete the course during the quarter in which he or she is registered for it, an incomplete or "I" grade will be given in the course until such time as all requirements are completed, including the thesis. The limit on clearing this grade is graduation. The thesis, in order to be approved, must be written in correct English and in scholarly form. It must show independent thought, both in its recognition of a clearly defined problem and in its method of treatment. It must reveal the sources of information and a knowledge of the bibliography of a special field. If a student's thesis contains proprietary information that the student wishes to retain as proprietary after submitting his or her thesis to the Graduate School and the Library, the student is permitted, based upon the recommendation of the chairperson of the committee responsible for approval of a student's thesis to the Graduate School, to substitute sample data for actual data, facsimile illustrations for actual illustrations, and "what-if" situations for actual situations, as appropriate, in the document being released to the public domain. The student will include an appropriate disclaimer in the thesis to state that samples, facsimiles, etc., are being substituted for proprietary information in the document being released to the public domain.
  • The publication "Guidelines for the Preparation of Your Thesis or Dissertation" is available in the Graduate School Office and on the Graduate School website and should be used as a guide in the preparation of the thesis. Students must meet published deadlines for submitting their thesis. The approved final copy of the thesis must be submitted to the college director of graduate studies 3 weeks before the expected date of graduation, to the Dean of the Graduate School 2 weeks before the expected date of graduation, and to Prescott Memorial Library 5 working days before the expected date of graduation.
  • The director of graduate studies in each academic college will notify the academic dean and the Graduate School a minimum of one week prior to graduation that the candidate has completed all requirements other than the final quarter's grades and is eligible to receive the appropriate degree. A student will not be permitted to graduate unless all grades are cleared.
    Students requiring a faculty member's time and assistance, laboratory facilities, library services, etc., while engaged in research and/or practicum must register for a minimum of 3 hours of graduate credit in the subject associated with the required activity - research, practicum, or examinations.
  • Should a chair of a thesis/dissertation committee leave the University and no suitable faculty member on staff at the University be available to fulfill the duties of chair, then, at the discretion of the College and with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, the chair in question may continue to serve on a voluntary basis with an adjunct appointment to the University's Graduate Faculty for that specific purpose only. The adjunct appointment will terminate upon the student's successful completion of the thesis/dissertation or upon the chair's subsequent replacement by a suitable faculty member on staff at the University.

Thesis Examinations

Oral and/or written comprehensive examinations will be administered by the Advisory Committee sufficiently in advance of graduation in order that the dean of the academic college (or a representative) in which the student is a candidate for a graduate degree may notify the Graduate School Office. This notification should be made at least one week before commencement and should state that all requirements have been satisfied, contingent upon satisfactory grades for the final quarter. Otherwise, the candidate will be delayed one quarter in receiving his or her degree. A student who does not successfully pass the comprehensive examination is entitled to only one repeat examination. No oral or written comprehensive examination is required for the MBA and MPA.

Dissertation General Requirements

The dissertation is required of all candidates for the doctoral degree and must be supported by adequate research and independent study of a problem of reasonable scope under the close supervision of appropriate graduate faculty. A minimum of 15 semester hours credit is granted for this research and dissertation through the medium of appropriate registrations as guided by the student's Advisory Committee. If the student does not complete the course during the quarter in which he or she is registered for it, an "I" grade will be given in the course until such time as all requirements are completed, including the dissertation. The limit on clearing this grade is graduation. Grades of "I" and "S" are used for these courses.

Students must meet published deadlines for submitting their dissertation. The approved final copy of the dissertation must be submitted to the college director of graduate studies 3 weeks before the expected date of graduation, to the Dean of the Graduate School 2 weeks before the expected date of graduation, and to Prescott Memorial Library 5 working days before the expected date of graduation.

If a student's dissertation contains proprietary information that the student wishes to retain as proprietary after submitting his or her dissertation to the Graduate School and the Library, the student is permitted, based upon the recommendation of the chair of the committee responsible for approval of a student's dissertation to the Graduate School, to substitute sample data for actual data, facsimile illustrations for actual illustrations, and "what-if" situations for actual situations, as appropriate, in the document being released to the public domain. The student will include an appropriate disclaimer in the dissertation to state that samples, facsimiles, etc., are being substituted for proprietary information in the document being released to the public domain.

The publication "Guidelines for the Preparation of Your Thesis or Dissertation" is available in the Graduate School and on the Graduate School website and should be used as a guide in the preparation of dissertations. The University participates in the service for publication of doctoral dissertations provided by PROQUEST. Each abstract is published in "Dissertation Abstracts," along with a positive copy which is sent to the Library of Congress. The doctoral candidate is advised to check with Prescott Memorial Library concerning this program.
The director of graduate studies in each academic college will notify the academic dean and the Graduate School that the candidate has completed all requirements other than the final quarter's grades and is eligible to receive the appropriate degree a minimum of one week prior to graduation. A student will not be permitted to graduate unless all grades are cleared.

Should a chair of a thesis/dissertation committee leave the University and no suitable faculty member on staff at the University be available to fulfill the duties of chair, then, at the discretion of the College and with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, the chair in question may continue to serve on a voluntary basis with an adjunct appointment to the University's Graduate Faculty for that specific purpose only. The adjunct appointment will terminate upon the student's successful completion of the thesis/dissertation or upon the chair's subsequent replacement by a suitable faculty member on staff at the Universitiy.

Oral Defense of Dissertation

An examination defending the dissertation must be completed successfully at least two weeks prior to the date the final copy of the dissertation must be submitted to the college director of graduate studies before the degree is to be received.  A student who does not successfully pass the comprehensive examination is entitled to only one repeat examination.



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