Students need to pass three oral exams---Master's paper presentation, candidacy exam, and thesis defense---administered by an Examination Committee as part of the PhD program requirements.
The three oral exams share a common set of procedural rules:
- Prior to scheduling an oral exam, the student must:
- have his written materials approved by his advisor,
- deliver a draft of the written materials to the Examination Committee, and
- upload a draft of the written materials to the department's on-line tracking system (internal only).
- The student must have her exam announced at least two weeks in advance.
- The student should pick up the relevant forms from the Program Administrator on the day of the exam.
- After the exam, a student completing a candidacy exam should obtain signatures from the Examination Committee on the relevant forms and return the forms to the program administrator.
- After the exam, a student completing a Master's presentation or thesis defense must:
- obtain signatures from the Examination Committee on the relevant forms,
- complete any required revisions,
- obtain his advisor's signature on the form that states that all revisions have been completed,
- upload the final version of the master's paper or dissertation to the on-line tracking system,
- obtain the signature of the Director of Graduate Studies,
- obtain the signature of the Department Chair, and
- return all signed paperwork to the Program Administrator.