Dissertation Defense Scheduling Timelines

Summer 2014 - Spring 2015
Doctoral Dissertation Scheduling Deadlines

According to the revised 2007 Dissertation and Thesis Handbook, the latest allowable dissertation defense date is three weeks before Study Day in fall or spring semesters. The latest allowable date for a summer defense is three weeks before the last day of graduate summer classes. One week after a successful dissertation defense, the final copy of the successfully defended dissertation must be submitted to the Dean's Office. Doctoral candidates must meet the deadlines below and must graduate in the semester they defend their dissertation.

Scheduling the dissertation defense:

No later than three weeks before the established (agreed upon by the student, department, and Dean's Office) defense date, the candidate should deliver one printed copy of the defensible dissertation document to the Graduate Dean's Office with Form 3: Authorization to Schedule Dissertation Defense with signatures of all Committee members. Submission of Form 3 with Committee member's signatures signifies that all Committee members have read the defensible dissertation and have approved it for defense. Candidates should also submit Form 4 Candidate Questionnaire which will be used to prepare the Daily Digest announcement of the dissertation defense. Please submit Form 4 Candidate Questionnaire by email to Gaurav Mathur (gaurav.mathur@gallaudet.edu).

** Form 5 Announcement of Formal Dissertation Defense is no longer used.

All required Forms are fillable and printable (they cannot be saved) on line and are available at the Dissertation and Thesis Handbook link below:

http://www.gallaudet.edu/rgs/graduate_school/dissertation_and_thesis_handbook.html

Summer 2014 Timelines

July 11 - last day to submit defensible draft of the dissertation (along with signed Forms 3 and 4) to the Graduate School for graduation in August 2014
August 1 - last day to defend dissertation for graduation in August 2014
August 8 - last day to submit final version of dissertation and complete all other requirements for graduation in August 2014

Fall 2014 Timelines

October 28 - last day to submit defensible draft of the dissertation (along with signed Forms 3 and 4) to the Graduate School for graduation in December 2014
November 18 - last day to defend dissertation for graduation in December 2014
November 25 - last day to submit final version of dissertation and complete all other requirements for graduation in December 2014

Spring 2015 Timelines

March 24 - last day to submit defensible draft of the dissertation (along with signed Forms 3 and 4) to the Graduate School for graduation in May 2015
April 14 - last day to defend dissertation for graduation in May 2015
April 21 - last day to submit final version of dissertation and complete all other requirements for graduation in May 2015

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