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Dissertation Process

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 distinct stages:

          1. Establishing the committee

          2. Preparing/defening the colloquium proposal

          3. Writing the disseration

          4. Defending the dissertation

Sample Dissertations:

Pessemier Dissertation

Siddiki Dissertation

Schumaker Dissertation

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