Dissertation & Final Public Oral Examination

The dissertation and final public oral examination together serve as a culminating experience that showcases a doctoral candidate’s mastery of and emerging contributions to their field. Students are encouraged to visit the Advanced Degree Application page for a detailed outline of steps both prior to and following the FPO that culminate in the degree.

Dissertation Requirements

The dissertation must show that the candidate has technical mastery of their field and is capable of doing independent and original research. It must enlarge or modify current knowledge in a field or present a significant new interpretation of known materials.

FPO Examination Requirements

The final public oral examination is a final examination in the student’s field of study as well as a defense of the dissertation.