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Ph.D. Oral Defense Information

PhD Oral Defense and Dissertation Submission

The final step in the completion of the Ph.D. is the writing up of the thesis dissertation document and an oral defense exam, which is open to the public.

At least 30 days before defending, complete the Disseration Committee form. It requires a minimum of three faculty members. The student must take it to the Director of Doctoral Programs at the Viterbi School of Engineering (Jennifer Gerson) in OHE 106 to get the Dean's signature.

At least 1 week before the date of the oral qualifying exam, the Ph.D. student must provide to all members of the committee, electronically or in hard copy, a draft of the written dissertation. In addition, the student should also provide their advisor's administrative assistant with info about the defense talk (name, title, abstract, room and time) to be publicly posted a week in advance of the exam.

Here is a link to the PhD Completion forms

Faculty approval of the dissertation (oral defense and thesis) will be logged electronically by the faculty through the Thesis Center, located on the Graduate School's website.  Please see the Graduate School's guidelines for submission page at: http://www.usc.edu/schools/GraduateSchool/current_thesis_dissert_02.html

More information from the at the USC Graduate School's website including deadlines:
Guidelines for Submission
Degree Conferral Dates
Guidelines for Format and Presentation