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Doctoral Degree Policies

Doctoral Dissertation

A candidate must present a dissertation demonstrating original and independent investigation and achievement. A dissertation should reflect not only a mastery of research techniques, but also ability to select an important problem for investigation, and to deal with it competently.

Normally, a dissertation is written in the English language. However, if there are circumstances that warrant a dissertation be written in a foreign language, approval must be received from the Dean of the Graduate School via petition.

For information about submitting a dissertation, please see Thesis/Disssertation.

Publication of Doctoral Dissertations

Part of the obligation of research is publication of the results and, in the case of doctoral research, this means publication of the dissertation. This is a Graduate School requirement, in addition to any previous or planned publication of any or all of a dissertation, and provides worldwide distribution of the work. A candidate signs a publication agreement when a dissertation is presented to the Graduate School.