Dissertation

The dissertation represents an original and scholarly contribution to the discipline, approved by and defended before the doctoral committee and the public. Students must complete a minimum of 18 units of dissertation credit for the degree.

Dissertation Defense

This is a technical presentation, before the dissertation committee and public, in defense of the completed dissertation. The date of the dissertation must be announced 2 weeks in advance for the appropriate public notice. The Dissertation Committee should have a copy of the dissertation 3-4 weeks in advance of the defense.  The GPC will approve the dissertation announcement once all committee members have given approval to proceed.

Note: Students must email the GPC with the proposed exam date and time to reserve a room.

Dissertation Committee

Students will need to identify faculty to serve on the Dissertation Committee. The student should consult with their faculty advisor on the appropriate faculty to invite to participate. The Dissertation Committee composition must meet the following requirements:

  • Committee must have 3-5 members

  • At least half of the committee must have primary, tenure-track faculty appointments in the Department of Computer Science. (i.e., 2 of 3, 2 of 4, or 3 of 5)

  • More than half of the committee must have primary or joint tenure-track faculty appointments in the Department of Computer Science. (i.e., 2 of 3, 3 of 4, or 3 of 5)

  • The advisor must have a primary or joint tenure-track faculty appointment in the Department of Computer Science

  • Committee must meet all Graduate College Requirements