Dissertation and Defense
The student will complete a draft of their dissertation in consultation
with the committee. With the addition of two more faculty members,
the committee will administer the student's final dissertation defense. The
full committee of five members must represent at least three different
departments or schools (departments with joint graduate faculties, i.e.,
Sociology/Rural Sociology or Economics/Agricultural & Applied Economics,
are considered one department) and all three disciplines of the student's
Program of Study. A draft of the full dissertation should be given to
each committee member at least fourteen days before the defense.
It is the student's responsibility to arrange a date with the committee for the defense of the dissertation. At least three weeks before the defense, upon receiving notice from the advisor, the Program Office will submit the defense warrant request to the Graduate School. Upon successful completion of the defense and dissertation, the dissertation is submitted to the Graduate School and the student is permitted to graduate from the University of Wisconsin.
The student should refer to "A Guide to Preparing Your Doctoral Dissertation" and "Deadlines, Defending, Depositing Your Ph.D. Dissertation" published by the Graduate School.