A final public
examination is held under the auspices of the committee in charge of the
candidate's course of study. A candidate must defend the dissertation and
otherwise satisfy the committee and other faculty members in attendance that he
or she is qualified to receive the degree of doctor of philosophy.
At the time of the final examination, it is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain from the Graduate School-Newark website the Dissertation Defense Report for completion by the committee at the final examination. The same committee members also must sign the title page of
the dissertation, signifying their acceptance of it. Once the program director
certifies that all program requirements have been completed for the degree of
doctor of philosophy, the candidate must return the signed Dissertation Defense Report to the Office of the Graduate School and complete the remaining formal
requirements for the degree.