Dissertation Defense

The last step in obtaining the degree is to pass the Final Oral Examination where the candidate formally defends the dissertation.

  • Students should also pay close attention to the relevant sections of the Graduate Catalog in this matter.
  • Any research conducted involving human participants must have prior approval by the University Institutional Review Board.
  • Post an announcement of oral defense on the UConn Events Calendar at least two full weeks prior to the date of the defense.

Dissertation Advisory Committee
The student must form a dissertation advisory committee that is made up of a minimum of three faculty members; namely, the major advisor and two or more associate advisors. The major advisor must be a member of the doctoral faculty (i.e., approved by the Graduate School to serve as a major advisor) in the student’s area of concentration. Of the associate advisors, at least one must be from outside the student’s area of concentration. The spirit of the outside member is to leverage new insights and perspectives. Therefore, such a member should be truly an “outsider” and not simply a “nominal outsider”. The dissertation shall be under the immediate and continuous supervision of the advisory committee and shall meet all standards prescribed by the committee and the Graduate School.


Paper flow:
Preliminary copy of Dissertation and Tentative Approval Form to Graduate School
Copies of Abstract to BUS Ph.D. Program office
Complete “Survey of Earned Doctorates” – federal form available at Graduate School