Congratulations on reaching this stage in your graduate education!
As you plan for your defense, regular communication with your committee can help keep your progress on track. We recommend that you begin coordinating potential defense dates and addressing major revisions several weeks before you plan to defend.
How should I organize and format my thesis/dissertation?
The Guidelines for Preparation of the Masters Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation provides detailed instructions and examples for completing your thesis or dissertation. You should also talk with your mentor and graduate program director about specific expectations within your program.
What deadlines do I need to meet?
The following guides list the steps to take for your defense and graduation. Upcoming graduation deadlines are at the bottom of this page.
How do I submit my thesis/dissertation and get permission to defend?
Attend a Thesis & Dissertation Bootcamp to learn how to submit your thesis or dissertation to the Graduate College, understand the defense process, and review graduation deadlines. The bootcamp will be most helpful at the start of your final semester, or one semester before. All sessions will be available by Zoom. Click below to register:
How will I know if my thesis or dissertation is "enough"?
Your primary mentor, committee, and graduate program are responsible for determining when your thesis/dissertation is sufficient to complete your degree. You can get an idea of what's expected by talking with your mentors and looking at examples from recent graduates:
- Many graduate programs keep a library of recent theses and dissertations
- All OUHSC theses and dissertations are available in ProQuest via the Robert M. Bird Library. Search using the term "sch(the university of oklahoma health sciences center)".
How do I confirm my degree status for a potential employer?
Refer to the Graduation & Beyond guide for information about completing your degree, verifying degree status, and obtaining your diploma.
I'm ready to celebrate! When can I walk across the stage and be hooded?
We look forward to celebrating with you! The guide for Graduation & Beyond lists upcoming graduation ceremonies and has information about regalia and announcements.