Final Defense

After your committee has cleared you for final defense:


It is your responsibility to be aware of the specific requirements of your theme, which may have requirements above those of the graduate school and the general GBS requirements.

  • Submit an outline of your dissertation to the theme director for approval before writing your dissertation.
  • Submit a completed Application for Degree form; it must be submitted no more than three weeks into the semester you plan to graduate.
  • Set a date, time, and place for both your private and public defense.
  • Notify the GBS office of your intent and the dates.
  • Provide the process manager, Nan Travis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), with an updated CV and the title of your thesis so that handouts can be made and your defense advertised.
  • Obtain approval forms from the Graduate School no less than two weeks before your public defense. These forms are to be signed off on by your committee, indicating approval for awarding of degree, after your private defense.
  • No later than 10 business days after your public defense, submit your final, completed dissertation as a single PDF. This is done online.
  • Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates.


  • Three weeks into semester you plan to graduate: submit Application for Degree.
  • Two weeks or more before your public defense: obtain approval forms from Graduate School.
  • 10 business days after public defense: submit your dissertation.

Important UAB Grad School Links

Read UAB Dissertations

Print copies of UAB dissertations and theses can be found on the second floor of Lister Hill Library under the W4 call number. You can look up a specific title or author for UAB health sciences theses or dissertations in the catalog.

UAB theses and dissertations can be read online through the UAB Digital Collections. Select a school from the drop-down box to see publications from specific schools. Theses and dissertations are usually available three-to-five months after the student has graduated, unless the student has chosen an embargo period of either six months, one year, or two years.

UAB theses and dissertations can also be found online in Proquest Dissertations & Theses at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.