Doctoral Project Defense

Upon successfully demonstrating competence in the Doctoral Project, the student is required to stand for a public defense of their product. This culminating phase of the project is open to the public and the defense is evaluated by the Chair, committee member(s), and other core faculty participating in the public defense. Students are evaluated on their knowledge and quality of the research as well as oral communication skills.


In all instances, students who fail to submit their final Doctoral Project to the Registrar by the last day of the semester in which they are enrolled for the third Doctoral Project credit hour will be required to enroll in additional Doctoral Project credits in subsequent semesters. Deadlines for submission are established annually and published in the Academic Calendar.