Each doctoral candidate must complete a dissertation demonstrating original and significant research and must pass a final oral examination on the dissertation. This is exam is called the defense. If you have questions about the process, please speak with your dissertation chair and/or PhD coordinator for your program.
The defense process is similar to the proposal. Here's the information Susan Jackman will need from you by e-mail at least 2 weeks before the date of your defense:
- Scheduled date, time, and location (room number) for your proposal
- Title of dissertation
- List of committee members, noting who your chair is. Details regarding the committee requirements are available online.
the PhD Program director, approves of all committees. Once
Susan has his approval, she'll process the paperwork for your defense
and give the forms to your dissertation chair. To pass the defense,
signatures are required from your committee members. The signature
form is returned to Susan Jackman for processing.
School awards degrees quarterly: December, March, June and August.
Deadlines for filing for the degree and graduation are found on
School’s academic calendar. Students should file the Application
for Degree Form through CAESAR
when they plan on defending and submitting their dissertation for
a particular graduation date.
announcements are sent to students from the PhD Office reminding
them of upcoming degree deadlines.
Here are some helpful links for the PhD degree completion:
that the Kellogg PhD Office does not handle the dissertation submission
process. You will work directly with the Graduate School.
The dissertation is delivered directly to the Graduate School online.
If you have questions, here are the advisors (Student Services representatives)
sorted by the student's last name, who can help: