Dissertation For The Ph.D. Degree

Each graduate student in the Ph.D. program is required to write a Ph.D. dissertation or thesis on a research topic in mathematics.

The student, in consultation with the Graduate Vice Chair, is responsible for selecting a dissertation committee. The committee consists of the student’s advisor and at least two other members of the mathematics faculty. In special circumstances, a committee member may be chosen from another department and/or from another institution. The student’s advisor is the chair of the committee. All members of the committee must read and approve the dissertation.

After the dissertation has been approved, the student is required to make a public oral presentation of the mathematical results contained in the dissertation. This oral presentation is called the thesis defense. Finally, a recommendation by the dissertation committee will be made to the Mathematics Department and to the Graduate Council on the granting of the Ph.D. degree.