The dissertation is the most important requirement for the doctoral program. The degree is never granted for completion of course work only, no matter how extensive. It is awarded in recognition of a student's knowledge of a broad field of learning and for distinguished accomplishment in that field through an original contribution of significant knowledge and ideas. The student's research must reveal high critical ability and powers of imagination and synthesis. The dissertation, the product of independent investigation under faculty supervision, must be submitted to the committee in charge and must receive both its approval and the approval of the Graduate Council.
The Summer 2011 thesis filing deadline (for a Fall 2011 degree) is Friday, August 12, 2011.
The Fall 2011 thesis filing deadline is December 16, 2011.
The Spring 2012 filing deadline is May 11, 2012.