Final approval of your thesis and oral defense is determined by your Thesis Committee, augmented by one additional faculty member. Your committee should therefore, consist of 5 members total. Three of the five committee members, including your thesis advisor, serve as Readers of the dissertation.
- Apply for graduation through Albert.
- Submit an Advanced Coursework Form if you have not already done so.
- Email Evette an Oral Defense Form and Reader Sheet once you and your committee have settled on a defense date. You must defend your thesis before GSAS’s final dissertation submission deadline. Fill out all sections on the forms, but leave signature and date fields blank. GSAS will contact your committee members to collect the signatures electronically through DocuSign. Please do not email these forms to your committee.
- Submit a Defense Committee Form signed by your advisor. Most students start with 4 committee members; since you are adding a 5th member for your defense, the committee needs to be reviewed and approved again by the DGS. (If you started with 5 members and have not changed any members in your committee since its formation, then there is no need to submit another committee form).
- All committee members should have a preliminary draft of your thesis for review at least 3 weeks before your defense date.
- All 3 Readers must read and approve your thesis for defense at least 1 week before your defense date. Your defense will not be announced and cannot proceed without approval from all Readers.
- Email Evette a PDF of your final thesis by GSAS’s final dissertation submission deadline.
- The department will forward graduation paperwork to the Office of Graduation Services once all required paperwork is submitted.
The dissertation should be prepared according to the specifications given in the GSAS Formatting Guide.
Please review GSAS’s Dissertation Submission Guidelines and Deadlines for additional requirements.
IMPORTANT: You are expected to graduate in the term closest to your defense date. A one-time deferral of one semester is permitted with advisor and DGS approval only. Delays in graduation beyond the one-term extension would result in annulment of your defense results, and the student would be required by GSAS to re-defend his or her thesis.