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Doctoral Dissertation

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Candidacy and Dissertation Committee:
Upon passing the comprehensive oral examination, the aspirant becomes a candidate for the doctorate. The Graduate Division of the School of Education shall designate the candidate's dissertation committee at this time, based on the recommendations of the candidate's major department. The dissertation committee shall consist of at least three members and may include members from other departments and/or, on occasion, members from outside the university. (All members of the committee must be chosen from the Graduate Faculty, and the chairperson must, in addition, be authorized to chair doctoral dissertations.)

A prospective member of the committee from outside the university must have gained approval as an ad hoc member of the Graduate Faculty prior to appointment to the committee. The dissertation proposal is to be read by all members of the dissertation committee. Work on the dissertation can be continued only after the proposal has been approved by the dissertation committee. One copy of the approved dissertation proposal, signed by all members of the dissertation committee, is to be submitted (with a Do-All form) to the School of Education Graduate Office.

Dissertation and Final Oral Examination:
The candidate must present a dissertation showing the results or original research. Instructions regarding the proper form of the dissertation may be obtained from the Graduate Office of the School of Education.

When the dissertation has been tentatively accepted by the dissertation committee, but before it has been bound, the chairperson of the dissertation committee shall request the Graduate Division to schedule the final oral examination. This request must be made at least two weeks in advance of the desired examination date. At least five months must elapse between the successful completion of the comprehensive oral examination and the date of the final oral examination. The committee for the final oral examination shall consist of at least five members (the members of the dissertation committee plus other members of the Graduate Faculty recommended by the chairperson of the dissertation committee and/or the department and approved by the Graduate Division). Upon approval of the request, the final oral examination will be scheduled at the time and place designated in the request and this information shall be published in a University news medium as prescribed by the Graduate Faculty; interested members of the University community are encouraged to attend these examinations.

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Dissertation Publication and Submission:
Review the Dissertation Publication and Submission procedures at least 2 months in advance by going to the KU Graduate Studies website and clicking on the links concerning Electronic Thesis and Dissertations, Dissertation Defense Dates, Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Doctoral Completion Survey links. You should paln ahead for the Electronic Thesis and Dissertations and other processes by registering in advance and attending workshops. Information on these sites will include: General guidelines for preparing and submitting your dissertation; Instructions for converting your dissertation to PDF. Publication requirement: Instructions for submitting your dissertation; Copyright option; Degree requirements to be submitted to the University of Kansas; Title page format; Title page format to copyright; and Acceptance page format.

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