d. Years Four and Five: Dissertation
The doctoral committee guides students in preparing the dissertation, a monograph representing an original contribution to planning knowledge. Students may receive academic credit for dissertation research by enrolling in UP599.
The dissertation typically requires one to two full years of work, including field research (if any), data analysis, and the final writing. To enable students to devote this time to their research, every effort should be made to obtain extramural funding.
ii. Final Oral Examination
This examination, taken only at the discretion of the doctoral committee, involves a defense of the completed dissertation. All members of the committee must attend the final oral examination and submit a vote. A student may pass with one negative vote. Passing the final oral examination does not imply final approval of the dissertation document.