A dissertation on a subject chosen by the candidate, bearing on his/her principal study and demonstrating his/her ability to make independent investigation, is required of every candidate for the degree. In its preparation, the candidate is guided by a dissertation committee, nominated by the candidate's department or graduate group to the Graduate Council for appointment. This committee is composed of not fewer than three members. The membership may be the same as the qualifying committee, except that the principal director of the candidate's research shall be Chair of the committee. The committee guides the candidate in his/her research and passes upon the merits of his/her dissertation and may conduct a final or oral examination. (Am 24 May 05)
The dissertation must be prepared and presented in the form and manner prescribed by the Graduate Council.