Verify your committee has been approved by reviewing your unofficial transcript through Wolverine Access 6 months prior to Group Pre-Defense.
Register for the required Pre-defense meeting with Rackham (in-person or remote) at least 3 weeks before the Oral Defense.
Complete Pre-defense meeting with Rackham at least 10 working days prior to the Oral Defense.
Distribute the dissertation and abstract to committee members at least 10 working days prior to the Oral Defense.
Print Oral Report form from web after receiving e-mail that it is ready to print, and take to Oral Defense.
Oral Defense of Dissertation
Verify with Chair that he/she has submitted the Final Oral Examination Report to Rackham OARD.
Complete any changes, corrections, or revisions to your dissertation as required by your committee Chair or Co-Chair.
Verify Chair or Co-Chair has submitted the Certificate of Dissertation Committee Approval through the Rackham online system.
Apply for graduation for your doctoral degree through Wolverine Access.
Complete the required online Survey of Earned Doctorates.
Complete online submission of the final dissertation (PDF) and abstract (text). Note that revisions and re-submission may be required. Once Rackham OARD has approved the submission, no changes or corrections may be made to the dissertation. Follow up with any additional outstanding requirements. All requirements must be submitted and approved by Rackham no later than 5:00pm on the deadline day.
Graduate Degree Completed
Graduate Degree Completed Students are encouraged to submit the final digital copy of their dissertation to ProQuest/UMI, the world’s largest permanent archive of doctoral dissertations. Abstracts of dissertations submitted to ProQuest are listed with the Library of Congress collections and are published in Dissertation Abstracts International.
Graduate Degree Conferred
A PDF version of the Dissertation Timeline is also available.