How to schedule and submit a PhD defense


Since the approval of PhD external examiner, the submission of the dissertation, and the oral defense of the dissertation all run hand in hand, you will need 9 weeks total to complete this process.

  • 2 weeks to establish your external examiner and submit the initial paperwork to the Graduate Studies Coordinator, who will require an additional two weeks of approval time,
  • 25 full business days (5 weeks) for your thesis to be on display prior to the date of your defense (your committee will read your thesis during this same time period).

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Please note that the Department does not require an electronic or hard copy of your thesis - the version on UWSpace is all that is needed.

You can visit the Graduate Studies website to learn more about how to format and organize your thesis.