Oral exam procedures

 

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:

  1. 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).
    prior to scheduling the exam.
  2. The student must have her exam announced at least two weeks in advance.
  3. The student should pick up the relevant forms from the Program Administrator on the day of the exam.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.