At the conclusion of the defense you will be asked to leave the room and the Committee will discuss whether to accept the thesis.
This decision will be based on the quality of the public presentation and of the written Dissertation. Thesis: While the details of your Dissertation will be determined by you and your Dissertation Committee, all Dissertations are expected to be of publishable quality and to conform to a general standard.
*No later than 2 weeks before the defense and after the details have been approved by your major professor, you should provide the Graduate Program Office with the date, time, and place of the Oral Defense.
An announcement of the defense will be e-mailed to faculty, graduate students, and affiliated faculty.
The final oral examination (often called “defense”) normally covers a student’s dissertation and areas of study.
Students may not take the final oral examination until they have satisfied all other requirements for their degree.
After the graduate program coordinator submits the doctoral degree warrant request, the Graduate School will review this request and send the approved doctoral degree warrant to the graduate program coordinator.
The final warrant should be printed out and committee member signatures should be obtained the defense.
The chair of the committee must be in Psychology or be Psychology-affiliated at UW-Madison.
Additional notes: (1) The Graduate Coordinator in Psychology can help you determine whether particular individuals are “graduate faculty”.