Dissertation & Thesis Information
Preparing For Your Defense
Oral Defense Policies
While the content of a dissertation or thesis is the prerogative of the student and their dissertation/thesis committee, the oral defense committee requirements, deadlines and format is established by university policy and managed by the Office of Graduate Education.
Students defending a dissertation or thesis in the winter 2023 quarter will be permitted to conduct their oral defense by video (via Zoom) for all committee members to view. In-person defenses will also be permitted as long as they adhere to any federal, state, or local mandates regarding the pandemic.
Dissertation & Thesis Process
- Please be sure you are referring to the Schedule of Deadlines for important deadlines regarding to your dissertation/thesis completion. The link to the Schedule of Deadlines is below.
- Proposal programs reserve the right to determine the composition of the dissertation/thesis proposal committee. Check your department's student handbook to determine any unique proposal policies and guidelines.
- The Oral Defense Committee is determined by university policy.
- Submit the Oral Defense Committee Recommendation form to the Office of Graduate Education following your proposal and/or IRB approval but no later than the first day of the quarter you plan to graduate. Find form below.
- Submit the Schedule of Oral Defense form to the Office of Graduate Education no later then four weeks before your defense. Find form below.
- Students must satisfactorily complete the oral defense at least three weeks before the end of the term in which the degree is to be awarded. View resources for a Virtual Oral Defense.
- Submit the final approved copy of the dissertation/thesis to the University through ETD/ProQuest two weeks prior to the end of the term (please note that any revisions identified by your oral defense committee must be completed by this date). The final dissertation/thesis must comply with the formatting guidelines. Find the formatting guidelines, template, and submission instructions below.
- Following the submission of the dissertation or thesis to ETD/ProQuest, students will work with the Office of Graduate Education for formatting approval. Formatting must be approved by the last day of the term.
- A dissertation/thesis may be considered "previously published" by some publishers if it is put into a searchable digital/electronic repository like ETD/ProQuest. Students have the option to restrict access to their dissertation or thesis.
- Congratulations! You have finished your dissertation/thesis!
Relevant Forms and Policies
Resources for a Virtual Oral Defense
Students defending a dissertation or thesis in the winter 2023 quarter will be permitted to conduct their oral defense by video via Zoom for all committee members to view.
2022 - 2023 Dissertation/Thesis Deadlines
View the Schedule of Deadlines for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Oral Defense Committee Recommendation Form
This form should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education as soon as your proposal has been approved.
Schedule of Oral Defense
Four weeks prior to your oral defense, you must submit a copy of this form to the Office of Graduate Education and your department to schedule your oral defense.
Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Requirements
Review this comprehensive document for insight into formatting and arrangement requirements.
Thesis and Dissertation Submission Instructions
Follow these instructions to electronically submit your thesis/dissertation to ProQuest.
The Formatting Template is a resource to help format your dissertation/thesis per the University's formatting requirements.
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