Dissertation Information

You have conducted hours of research, documented your progress, and listened to the guidance of your advisory committee. Now it is time to prepare your dissertation. Your advisory committee has familiarized you with the requirements for your field of study, and they will need to review your dissertation prior to your defense. Please prepare your dissertation according to the published Graduate School specifications listed below. The specifications and FAQs should be read through thoroughly. Should you have any questions, contact The Graduate School at (860) 486-3617 for assistance.

You and your advisory committee determine the date when you are ready to defend your dissertation. As you prepare for the oral defense of your dissertation, please follow these instructions:

  1. Announce your oral defense in the University Events Calendar at least two weeks before the date of your defense. Be sure to follow the posting guidelines below. Announcements submitted that do not follow the posting guidelines will be rejected. If there are difficulties encountered, please email gradschool@uconn.edu with details of the problem.
    • Click on the Submit Event button in the bottom right corner.
    • Fill in the following boxes on the screen as indicated below:
      • Title --> Enter Doctoral Dissertation Oral Defense of (Dissertator's Name).
      • Location --> Select the campus (i.e., Storrs, Health Center, or Avery Point) where your oral defense will be held from the drop down menu.
      • Building Name --> Enter the name of the building where your oral defense will be held.
      • Room Number --> Enter the room number where your oral defense will be held.
      • Date --> Click on the corresponding box and select the date from the pop-up calendar.
      • Start Time -- > Click on the first time box and select your start time from the drop down menu.
      • End Time --> Click on the second time box and select your end time from the drop down menu.
      • Description --> Enter the title of your dissertation here. Be sure to indicate your doctoral field of study.
      • Contact Person --> Enter the name of your Major Advisor, followed by their UConn e-mail address, separated by a comma.
      • Primary--> Select the Graduate School - Theses and Dissertation Defense option from the drop down menu.
      • Crosslist --> Verify that only the UConn Master Calendar is selected here.
    • Click on the Submit Event button to submit your announcement.
  2. Submit a completed Dissertation Tentative Approval Page to the Graduate School (email/pdf or fax copies also accepted) at least two weeks prior to the date of your oral defense, which is the same day you post your defense on the University Events Calendar. The Dissertation Tentative Approval Page indicates your affirmation that all Advisory Committee members have tentatively approved the dissertation, pending results of the oral defense. The form is located on the home page of the Graduate School’s website under Forms. Also, the working copy of your dissertation must be e-mailed to the Graduate School at gradschool@uconn.edu (along with cc to each Advisory Committee member). The e-mail must reach the Graduate School at least two weeks prior to the date of the oral defense, which is the same day that the defense is posted on the University Events calendar. Please DO NOT submit a hard copy of the dissertation working copy to The Graduate School. A hard copy should, however, be retained in your department for those requesting review.
  3. Remember to bring to your defense two copies of the Report on the Final Examination for the Doctoral Degree located on The Graduate School web site and the Approval Page of your dissertation printed on standard 8.5 x 11 inch white paper. These documents require the original signatures of your advisory committee members only (the faculty members who approved and signed your doctoral plan of study). Additional participants, examiners, reviewers, and readers do not sign.
  4. After you successfully complete your defense, your committee may require further revisions of your dissertation. Once you have completed all necessary revisions and have final approval, you are ready to prepare the final copy of your dissertation for submission. This is associated with a number of very specific and detailed requirements outlined below. Please review the Dissertation Submission Checklist for the submission requirements.
  5. One of the required documents on the Dissertation Submission Checklist is the confirmation of the electronic submission of the Survey of Earned Doctorates. All research-based graduate students are required to complete the survey on-line at https://sed-ncses.org/GradDateRouter.aspx. Please read it carefully and complete it accurately.
  6. Submit ONE electronic copy of your dissertation to Digital Commons. Follow the instructions found in the Submission Guidelines link of the Author Corner.
  7. Effective May 9, 2016, a printed copy of the dissertation is no longer required for submission to the Library
  8. Submit your completed copy of the Dissertation Submission Checklist to The Graduate School.
  9. For personal copies of your dissertation, contact the following services: