When the above requirements have been met, the student may file his/her application for doctoral candidacy. The department requires that the application be filed within one year of the time the qualifying examination is passed. Doctoral students must have established candidacy for the doctoral degree before presenting and defending dissertation research.
An examination defending the dissertation must be completed successfully at least two weeks prior to the date the final copy of the dissertation must be submitted to the college director of graduate studies before the degree is to be received. A student who does not successfully pass the comprehensive examination is entitled to only one repeat examination.
Defending Your Dissertation - SolidWriters
On May 30, 2012 I successfully defended my dissertation entitled “Messianic Banquet Imagery in the Synoptic Gospels: An Intertextual Study.” The whole experience was challenging but enjoyable. At the end of the session I was confident that the committee helped to make my dissertation better by questioning me on key arguments and forcing me to sharpen my thoughts. I now am engaged in the processing their recommendations and corrections and hope to submit a final, corrected copy by the end of the month. This has been a long process and I have learned a great deal about the process of writing and defending a dissertation.