Students should discuss their defense timing with the thesis advisor. The final oral exam is only completed after until all other requirements for the degree have been satisfied.
Approximately six months prior to the planned defense date, the student should hold a committee meeting called a prospectus meeting (meeting form here). At this meeting, the student should present research and discuss the timeline to final defense. The thesis committee should advise the student and provide feedback.
At least three weeks prior to the defense, the student must request the final warrant from the MDTP Coordinator.
The final warrant will list the faculty members that have agreed to serve on the thesis committee. If the thesis committee membership changes before the actual exam, another warrant request must be filled out and requested from the Graduate School. Students should remember to schedule an appropriate conference room for the final defense with the representative of the building where the public defense will be held.
At least two weeks prior to the defense, the student and/or the PI must communicate the defense and deposit dates with the PI’s home department HR professional.
If a graduating student requires a letter confirming degree completion after they have deposited but before the end of the semester, the student should request such a letter from the registrar’s office. And students approaching graduation should check out postings on the job opportunities page.