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Students must register for STM X99W in each semester that you register for dissertation hours, from the semester you advance to candidacy until your semester of graduation. The X indicates the number of hours for which a student enrolls. For example, STM 399W equals three hours of the first semester of dissertation, 699W equals six hours, and 999W equals nine hours. 

Dissertation Proposal

All students are required to write a dissertation proposal and to submit it to their committee one week prior to a public discussion. The Graduate Coordinator will post notice of the meeting and email copies to STEM faculty and students. A public discussion will be held to provide feedback and suggestions on the proposal.

Oral Defense

All students are required to complete an oral defense of their dissertation to the satisfaction of their committee. Dissertation Committee Members need at least one week to review the dissertation before the oral defense. At least 3 Committee Members must participate the Defense; virtual participation, for ex., via Skype, is acceptable.