Oral Candidacy Exam & Thesis Defense

The oral candidacy exam must be completed or scheduled before start of first term of the fourth year of graduate study. Beyond this, the student is considered to be in excessive registration candidacy status with the Dean of Graduate Studies. The student will need to petition the Dean, as well as the physics department, in order to register for subsequent terms. The Oral Candidacy Exam must be started online in Regis after a date, location and time have been determined.

The final thesis defense must be scheduled by the end of the summer term of the fifth year of graduate study. Beyond this, the student is considered to be in excessive registration Ph.D. status with the Dean of Graduate Studies. The student will need to petition the Dean, as well as the physics department, and provide a timeline for finishing the thesis, in order to register for subsequent terms. Students will be notified by the Dean of Graduate Studies Office if they are in excessive registration status. If a student falls into both categories, only one petition is required for both candidacy and Ph.D. Final Ph.D. defense information is to be completed online in Regis.  Students must provide the PMA Student Programs Office with all information requested in the thesis defense instructions.