Doctoral Thesis Preparation

Preparation for Examination of Doctoral Thesis

  • Eight to ten weeks* prior to the examination date the student must submit the Approval of Examining Committee form along with a pdf copy of the abstract.  The form must include signatures of all committee members, indicating that they have seen the thesis and agree that it is essentially complete and ready for the defence.  Please work with the Graduate Program Assistant to finalize the timing and arrangements for your defence.  The Graduate Program Assistant will obtain a chairperson for the defence.

*Submission must be ten weeks prior to the exam date if travel for an in-person external examiner needs to be approved. 

View Applicable Graduate General Regulations on Preparation for and Classification of the Doctoral Thesis

Thesis Defenses:  Important Information for External Examiners

Guidelines for Examiners in Biological Sciences