After the graduate program coordinator submits the doctoral degree warrant request, the Graduate School will review this request and send the approved doctoral degree warrant to the graduate program coordinator.
The final warrant should be printed out and committee member signatures should be obtained the defense.
The Dissertation Proposal Form should be completed and turned in to the Graduate Coordinator’s office.
Dissertation Committee Composition: Dissertation committees must have at least four members.
Students’ records must be cleared of incomplete grades and progress grades (other than research) before they can take the final oral exam.
Doctoral students have five years from the date of passing their preliminary examinations to take their final oral examination and submit their dissertation.
(2) Students who feel a different committee composition (e.g., two in Psychology and two outside) would be more appropriate for their dissertation may petition the Graduate Committee for an exception.
(3) The “outside Psychology” member must be UW-Madison graduate faculty or former UW-Madison graduate faculty up to one year after resignation or retirement.
You and your Committee will set a date for the Oral Defense of the thesis.
Timeline: The date chosen for the defense must allow sufficient time prior to your departure from the University for revisions suggested by the Committee to be incorporated into the final version of the Dissertation.