• Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Division of Doctoral Studies: Requirements

    Dissertation Filing Deadlines and Scheduling Your Oral Defense

    The deadlines below are for filing dissertations and scheduling your final oral examination (oral defense). Please discuss your anticipated filing date with your committee chairperson and members well in advance of the deadlines listed here.

    Required forms with instructions on the procedures for filing your dissertation are available on the Azrieli Web site. Each deadline date below corresponds to one of the three degree conferral dates (January, May, or September).



    Committee Approved

    Copy of Dissertation due with Office of Doctoral Studies

    Final Oral Examination



    Final Copy of Dissertation due with Registrar

    Degree Conferral

    November 1


    November 1 – 30

    January 1st  


    March 1


    March 1 – 31

    May 1st  


    June 1


    June 1 - 30

    September 1st  


    Please note that if the 1st of the month falls on a weekend, the actual deadline date will commence on the following Monday.


    Guides for Doctoral Students

    Wurzweiler Dissertation Proposal Guide (PDF)
    Wurzweiler Dissertation Guide(PDF)
    Literature Review Workshop Video by Dr. Rona Novick 

    Forms for Doctoral Students

    Dissertation Committee Form (PDF)—to form a committee
    Dissertation Proposal Cover Sheet (PDF)—when committee approves proposal
    Final Review of the Doctoral Dissertation (PDF)—when committee approves dissertation for oral defense

    Student Handbook

    The Doctoral Student Handbook (PDF) contains vital information for our students, including policies and procedures pertaining to academic requirements, the classroom, grading, attendance, the number of credits required for graduation, course information and much more. The handbook is a "living document" in that changes to it are anticipated as new policies and procedures are developed. It is therefore imperative that you reference the handbook as often as possible.

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