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PhD Reading Committee and PhD Final Examination


PhD Reading Committee and PhD Final Examination
The mandate of the Reading Committee (a subset of the Supervisory Committee) is to ensure that the student's dissertation is a significant contribution to statistical knowledge, and is an acceptable piece of scholarly writing.

The purpose of the Final Examination is to enable the Supervisory Committee to assess whether the student has produced a dissertation that is a significant contribution to statistical knowledge and that the student has PhD-level training in statistical research. After a successful Final Exam, the student must submit a final dissertation to the Graduate School; this final version of the dissertation should address any issues raised in the Final Exam, to the satisfaction of the Supervisory Committee.

The student must be registered throughout the course of the degree (up to and including the quarter in which the final version of the dissertation is turned in to the Graduate School). A student who does not complete all degree requirements by the last day of the quarter must register for the following quarter. (Note: The Final Exam and submission of final version of the dissertation may happen in different quarters as long as the student stays registered.)

Scheduling your Final Exam
You must apply for your Final Exam at least three weeks before the date on which you plan to take your Final Exam.

This means that your Final Exam will take place no sooner than, at the very minimum, twenty-two days after your reading committee members have all agreed to allow you to proceed to the final.

What that means is:
1) you have given the reading committee a copy of your complete draft dissertation 7 weeks before the exam. This will provide your reading committee 4 weeks to read it.
2) your reading committee members have all read your complete draft dissertation during the 4 weeks, agree that you are prepared and approve you to schedule the Final Exam in time for you to --
3) apply for your Final Exam at least three weeks before the date on which you plan to take your Final Exam.

IMPORTANT NOTES: This three-week deadline for applying to take your Final Exam is a minimum and must be met in order to ensure that the Graduate School and the Department have time to review and process all the information needed to approve the Final Exam. Failure to meet this deadline may result in a delay of your Final Exam (including a possible delay to the following quarter).

Students may not take both the General Exam and Final Exam in the same quarter.

Resources
Graduate School Doctoral Student Resources
Graduate School Theses and Dissertations procedures
Graduate School Appointment and Responsibilities of a Doctoral Reading Committee
Graduate School Dissertation Defense
Graduate School Final Quarter Policy

Administrative Guide: Establish your Reading Committee

Administrative Guide: Instructions for scheduling your Final Exam

TO GRADUATE, students must do the following:

IMPORTANT: The Graduate Program cannot recommend you for graduation until the above steps are complete.

(Updated September 2013)