Important dissertation milestones are:
- Completing all other PhD requirements and identifying a dissertation advisor and dissertation topic.
- Forming a Supervisory Committee which should be done as soon as a dissertation topic is determined.
- Passing the General Examination, in which the student discusses the dissertation proposal and background research.
- 2 MONTHS PRIOR TO FINAL EXAM - Forming a Reading Committee; this is a subset of the Supervisory Committee.
- 7 WEEKS PRIOR TO FINAL EXAM - Producing a complete draft of the dissertation for submission to the Reading and Supervisory Committees. The Reading Committee reads and approves the draft before the Final Examination is scheduled.
- Scheduling and passing the Final Examination, in which the student defends their dissertation.
- BY THE LAST DAY OF EACH QUARTER - Submission of an electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) AND delivery of the Reading Committee Approval Form.
Students typically begin work on their dissertation after completing the PhD qualifying exams, although students should explore potential research topics throughout their graduate career. Students working on their dissertations should enroll in STAT 800 (PhD dissertation) normally only AFTER passing the General Exam.
The pages below contain formal UW requirements for PhD dissertations, to which Statistics students must adhere.
- University Dissertation Policies
- University Dissertation Guidelines/Checklist
- Dissertation Format Guidelines
- Submission of an electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) AND delivery of the Reading Committee Approval Form is the last day of each quarter.
- Graduate School Doctoral Student Resources
- Graduate School Memorandum 13 regulates the composition and function of dissertation committees.
- Graduate School Doctoral Supervisory Committee Roles and Responsibilities
- Graduate School’s Important Dates Calendar
(Updated September 2013)