PhD Final Exam

Your Final Exam gives you an opportunity to share and celebrate your accomplishments as a PhD student with colleagues, friends, and family. You are encouraged to schedule your Final Exam following the instructions below. 

Advertising the Defense

The date, time, location, title of your dissertation, and a photo will be sent by the SAS Office to invite faculty and students. The Epi SAS Office will contact you to request a photo. Your date will also be included in the Department’s event calendar. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Faculty and students in the audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions. 

Preparing for Your Exam

The best way for you to prepare for your defense is to attend the defenses of your colleagues. You will be notified of these opportunities throughout your program.
Talk to people from your cohort and in your department who have already defended to find out what their experience was like. You can also talk with your Chair and committee members to better understand their specific expectations.

Stay in Touch

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