Ph-D- Final Oral Exam



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ELPA Ph.D. Final Oral Exam  



Degree Deadlines are scheduled for each term.  Degree deadlines are the dates set for completing all degree requirements.  Between each term there is a window period, which allows for completion of a degree after the previous term but prior to the next term.  If a degree is completed during the window period, students do not have to enroll for the following term but will earn a degree at the end of the following term.  


During the fall and spring term, all preliminary PH.D. exams and final oral Ph.D. exams must be scheduled between the first day of the semester though commencement. During summer, preliminary and final oral Ph.D. exams must be scheduled during the eight-week summer session (typically the third Monday in June through the first Friday in August). See the summer timetable for exact dates.   


  Step #1    
Determine if you are ready.

To be eligible for your final oral exam you need to meet the following requirements:
You must be registered for 3 credits of research.  If you want to defend and/or deposit your dissertation in the summer term, you must register for 3 credits of research for the eight-week session.   


  Step #2   
Schedule your exam.
Contact your advisor several weeks prior the actual date of your defense to determine your two additional committee members (a minimum of 5 members is required) and the day and time for your exam.  At least one committee member must be from outside of ELPA.

At least three weeks prior to your final oral exam:
Contact Shari Smith, Senior Student Services Coordinator, 253B Education Building, and provide the names of your additional committee members, dissertation title, and the day/time of your exam.  A room will be assigned for your exam. 

What happens next?
The Department will request a warrant from the Graduate School that allows you to complete your final oral exam. 


  Step #3   
Submit your dissertation.
At least two weeks (determine the exact date for submission with your advisor) prior to your final oral exam submit copies of your dissertation to your advisor and committee members.  


  Step #4  
Defense Day

  • Bring your laptop.  Rooms are equipped with AV equipment, however, you will need to bring your own laptop if doing a presentation.
  • Plan on arriving a half hour early to prepare the room.  Technical assistance is available for connecting your laptop to the system.
  • Guest are welcome.
  • Defenses lasts about two hours.


  Step #5   
Depositing Your Dissertation

Refer to the Graduate School information available at DEPOSITING YOUR DISSERTATION.



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