The dissertation must
- be written on a subject approved by the candidate’s doctoral program committee,
- embody the results of original and significant investigation and
- be the candidate’s own work.
Every candidate should
- review the Graduate School Dissertation Guidelines and
- consult their Director of Graduate Studies for academic program style requirements
- Dissertation defenses are typically open to any faculty or students.
- Academic programs are encouraged to announce dissertation defense dates to academic program colleagues.
- The candidate must be enrolled to defend the dissertation, which can only be defended when MU is officially in session.
- A report of the examination, carrying the signatures of all members of the committee, is sent to the Graduate School before the deadline preceding the anticipated date of graduation.
- For the dissertation to be successfully defended, the student’s doctoral committee must vote to pass the student on the defense with no more than one dissenting or abstaining vote.
- Candidacy for a doctoral degree is established by passing the comprehensive examination.
- Continuous enrollment begins the term after the term in which the student successfully completes the comprehensive exam and ends after successfully defending the dissertation.
- To maintain candidacy, students must enroll in 9090 Research (or 9990 Research for some Engineering students) for 2 credit hours each fall and winter semester and for 1 credit hour each summer semester up to and including the term in which the dissertation is defended.
- Continuous enrollment provides access to:
- an advisor’s support
- doctoral program committee guidance
- University research facilities for completion of the dissertation
- Failure to continuously enroll in 9990 Research until the doctoral degree is awarded terminates candidacy.
- Candidacy may be reestablished by paying the registration and late fees owed and completing the requirements specified by the student’s doctoral program committee.
- Registration fees owed may not exceed the amount owed for 7 terms, regardless of the number of terms beyond 7 for which the student failed to continuously enroll.
- The committee’s requirements may include a second comprehensive examination or evidence of currency in the research field as suggested by publications in refereed journals.
- Candidacy is reestablished when the student’s advisor and the departmental, area program or divisional director of graduate studies submits a written request to the Graduate School explaining the basis for the decision.
- Once approved, a Request to Re-enroll form must be completed by the student and sent to the department/program for processing.
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