Dissertations

Doctoral students who have completed all required coursework and have an approved Major Area Paper (MAP) are ready to begin the dissertation stage of the program.

Step 1: Enroll in CRIM 998: Dissertation Proposal Credits. Prior to requesting enrollment in CRIM 998, you must identify a dissertation topic and have an acting dissertation chair who has agreed to work with you to develop the proposal. The acting chair must be a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. You must submit Dissertation Form 1 to the Director of Graduate Programs at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester in which you first enroll in CRIM 998.

Step 2: Schedule a Dissertation Proposal Defense. Once you have prepared a proposal and selected a dissertation committee, you must schedule a dissertation proposal defense. All members of the committee must be present at the defense (it is acceptable for a committee member to participate via videoconference or teleconference if necessary). The Director of Graduate Programs and the Graduate Program Coordinator should be notified of the date, time and location of the proposal defense. Prior to the start of the semester in which you wish to advance to candidacy and enroll in CRIM 999, you must (1) successfully defend your dissertation proposal and obtain all signatures on Dissertation Form 2; and (2) submit Dissertation Form 2 and an electronic copy of the dissertation proposal to the Director of Graduate Programs. All requirements must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Programs by the advancement to candidacy deadline for the applicable semester. College-level ATC deadlines for each semester are available here.

Step 3: Enroll in CRIM 999: Dissertation Research Credits. Prior to requesting initial enrollment in CRIM 999, you must (1) complete and submit Dissertation Form 3 to the Director of Graduate Programs; and (2) have successfully defended your dissertation proposal and have a fully-signed Dissertation Form 2 on file (or submit along with this request). You must submit the form(s) to the Director of Graduate Programs at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester in which you first enroll in CRIM 999. Once approved to enroll in CRIM 999, you should follow these instructions to receive an enrollment code for CRIM 999.

Step 4: Schedule a Dissertation Defense. Once you have completed your dissertation research and have received approval from your committee to move forward, you must schedule a dissertation defense.  All members of the committee must be present at the defense (it is acceptable for a committee member to participate via videoconference or teleconference if necessary) and the public is invited to attend. You must notify the Director of Graduate Programs and Graduate Program Coordinator of the date, time, and location of the defense, and provide your title, abstract, and list of committee members. Deadlines for this information for each semester will be sent to the student Listserv by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Please note that if you want your name and dissertation title to appear in the university commencement program, you must provide this information to the Graduate Program Coordinator by the provided deadline.

Suggested Timelines for Dissertation Submissions

The Department of Criminology, Law and Society has developed suggested timelines for defenses of the proposal and dissertation, and final submissions based on the requirements for each process. Students should review the UDTS website for all official guidance on the process and associated deadlines. The Graduate Program Coordinator can assist students in interpreting the suggested timelines, answer questions related to defenses and submissions, and refer students to the appropriate resource/department when necessary.