A candidate must present a dissertation demonstrating original and independent investigation and achievement. A dissertation should reflect not only a mastery of research techniques, but also ability to select an important problem for investigation, and to deal with it competently.
Normally, a dissertation is written in the English language. However, if there are circumstances that warrant a dissertation be written in a foreign language, approval must be received from the Dean of the Graduate School via petition.
For information about submitting a dissertation, please see Thesis/Dissertation.
Publication of Doctoral Dissertations
Part of the obligation of research is publication of the results and, in the case of doctoral research, this means publication of the dissertation. This is a Graduate School requirement, in addition to any previous or planned publication of any or all of a dissertation, and provides worldwide distribution of the work. A candidate signs a publication agreement when a dissertation is presented to the Graduate School.