Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3. No student may receive the degree in the same semester or summer session in which he or she is admitted to candidacy. The student must be admitted to candidacy before the defense of dissertation is scheduled. Establish a dissertation committee When the student is admitted to candidacy, a dissertation committee is formed.
Note that guidelines and rules differ from one PhD program to another.
Consult your graduate program coordinator for guidance. Supervisory and Dissertation Committees A supervisory committee sometimes called the QE Committee is appointed when a student is formally admitted to a degree-granting program.
Dissertation committees must be comprised of no less than four members.
The fourth member can be an outside member. All faculty must have tenured or tenure-earning appointments. A thesis or dissertation committee cannot be chaired by a person unless they hold a higher or equivalent degree as the candidate for the graduate degree.
Exceptions to the committee composition may be approved by the chair of the department and Dean of the Graduate School. This committee is nominated by the graduate program director GPD.
It is appropriate for the GPD to consult with the student regarding the membership of the committee. The supervisory committee is empowered to plan the course of study for the student; to determine deficiencies, if any; to set language and other requirements; to request applicable transfer of credit where appropriate and to make up and administer the qualifying examination.
When the student is admitted to candidacy, a dissertation committee is formed. This may be the supervisory committee, but it may also be a committee formed anew to undertake the duties of advising and passing upon the dissertation. The dissertation committee is nominated by the program and appointed by the graduate program director and approved by department chair.
The composition requirements of the committee are the same as above. Dissertation Committee Responsibilities Consult with and to advise students on their research; Meet, at regular intervals, to review progress and expected results; Read and comment upon the draft dissertation; Meet, when the dissertation is completed, to conduct the final oral examination and to satisfy itself that the dissertation is a contribution to knowledge and that it is written in lucid and correct English and submitted in approved form.
Qualifying Examinations A written qualifying examination is to be taken by each doctoral degree candidate at the time that the student and the supervisory committee deem appropriate.
The program may specify that its students must take an oral examination as well. In those cases, normally, the student shall pass the written examination before the oral examination is conducted.
Upon completion of the examination process, the supervisory committee shall notify the Graduate School and the program that the student has passed or failed the examination. A student who fails the examination will be given one opportunity to retake it with the permission of the supervisory committee.
After a comprehensive exam is failed for a second time, the student is terminated from the program. Check with the graduate program coordinator for specific program requirements. Required for Doctoral Students When the student has met all requirements and passed the qualifying examinations, admission to candidacy for the degree is approved.
No student may receive the degree in the same semester or summer session in which he or she is admitted to candidacy. The student must be admitted to candidacy before the defense of dissertation is scheduled. Final Examination A final public oral defense of the dissertation is required.
Refer to the university-wide academic calendar for the deadline regarding dissertation defense for each graduation. Graduate programs set the specific requirements and format of the defense. Please contact your graduate program coordinator for details.Submit dissertation draft to Dissertation Editor for review The Graduate School encourages students to contact the Dissertation Editor early in the semester at [email protected] if they have questions regarding any aspect of the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) process.
One dissertation editor-approved PDF conforming in style to the standards set by the Graduate School, must be uploaded to the ETD database and final paperwork handed in to the Office of the Graduate School on or before the last day of exams in the semester the student wishes to graduate.
Alok received the UM Center for the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship for his project Framing He came to the University of Miami in order to study Caribbean Literature and will soon begin teaching literature and composition at the United States Military Academy.
is a third-year Ph.D. student and Assistant Editor at the James. Doreen Yamamoto assists graduate students with electronic thesis and dissertation submissions by providing formatting reviews of thesis and dissertation drafts and guiding students through the steps required to complete the final document for upload in the online UM Scholarly Repository.
Before joining the Graduate School, she was Associate Editor with the University’s North-South Center. Get to Know FIU. From top-ranked academic programs to top-tier research designation, FIU is a South Florida anchor institution and a solutions center for the world’s toughest challenges.
He lectured in English at the University of The Bahamas before attending the University of Miami. Becca Yahr (email) is a fourth-year PhD student. She received her BA in History and English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (), and her .