Students must be registered in the semester they are defending and in the semester they are depositing their final dissertation/thesis/major.
The final oral defense should be completed at least three weeks prior to the Convocation at which the candidate expects to receive the degree.
The candidate must provide copies of the document before the final oral defense to all committee members, including the chair of the defense, as follows:
- for Doctoral dissertations: at least four weeks before the final oral defense
More information on external examiner requirements for doctoral dissertations.
- for Master's thesis or major research paper: at least two weeks before the final oral defense.
Public notice of the defense must be received in the Office of Graduate Studies from the Department at least eight days in advance of the defense date.
The Chair of a Ph.D. defense will be the Dean of Graduate Studies or designate, such as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Dean of a Faculty or senior member of graduate faculty from outside the program, to be named by the Dean of Graduate Studies at the time the defense is publicly announced. The chair is non-voting.
The Chair of a Master's Thesis defense will be a member of graduate faculty who has not served on the candidate's Master's committee, and who is appointed by the Department Head at the time the defense is publicly announced. The chair is non-voting.
The candidate will present the dissertation, thesis, or major paper at a public defense. Refer to the "Guidelines on Attendance at Major Paper, Thesis and Dissertation Defenses" and "Defense Procedures Guidelines".
Available from the "Forms" webpage under "Thesis related forms - Defenses".
Following a successful defense, the candidate must submit their document for format-checking and deposit the final thesis in the Office of Graduate Studies.
More information on deposit instructions.