Students should check all graduate school rules and deadlines when defending the dissertation.

The dissertation process is as follows:

  • formation of the dissertation committee
  • oral defense of a written dissertation research proposal
  • completion of the final draft of the dissertation
  • successful oral defense of the completed dissertation
  • submission of the completed manuscript to the Graduate School
  • final awarding of the PhD degree

In consultation with faculty, and near the completion of all substantive coursework, a student forms a dissertation committee consisting of at least five members, two who are from outside the Department of Sociology. This committee will be responsible for guiding the research process, evaluating the final draft of the dissertation, and presiding over the oral defenses of the dissertation proposal and the completed manuscript.

Requirement for Candidacy

Students will orally defend their doctoral dissertation proposal — no earlier than the term in which the substantive coursework is completed — before admission to candidacy for the PhD degree. A student is admitted to candidacy after successful oral defense of the dissertation proposal.

Journal Article

Students are required to submit at least one journal article from their thesis or dissertation for publication in a refereed journal. The student works closely with assigned mentors on this project.