All doctoral students must seek approval of a dissertation
topic, then research, write and defend their dissertation. In general, a dissertation is a demonstration
that a candidate for the doctoral degree is capable of doing independent,
original scholarly research that constitutes a contribution to knowledge in the
broadly defined field of public affairs.
A student is advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree only after he or she has completed all of the degree requirements aside from the dissertation. Students admitted to candidacy must have successfully passed both their pre-dissertation review and their colloquim. For further details please refer to the Ph.D. Handbook.
The dissertation process has four
1. Establishing the committee
2. Preparing/defening the colloquium proposal
3. Writing the disseration
4. Defending the dissertation