Upon completion of the first draft of a dissertation, and with the approval of the dissertation committee chair, the manuscript shall be circulated to the members of the dissertation committee for review. The student's dissertation committee chair will make the decision as to when the dissertation is ready for defense.
At that time, the dissertation shall be publicly presented and defended in an open public forum to be held at the Bloustein School. Scheduling information regarding dissertation defense must be submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Services no less than two weeks prior.
The dissertation shall be defended before the dissertation committee at a time and place approved by the committee members and the director of the doctoral program.
A final copy of the successfully defended thesis will be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, and this shall complete the doctoral process.