Final Examination

All candidates must take a final examination for the Ph.D. degree. Normally this examination consists primarily of an oral defense of the dissertation, but it may be extended to include course material or any other relevant material at the discretion of the examining committee.

This examination should be scheduled after the dissertation is in its final form and reviewed and approved by the committee, but no later than the deadline for submission of the dissertation to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. The requirement for final examination will not be waived, unless the candidate and the department can establish a case of hardship in extremis subject to review and approval of the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies or Co-Director.