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Dissertation Timeline

Actual time to complete varies by discipline and departmental requirements.

  • 1

    Verify your committee has been approved by reviewing your unofficial transcript through Wolverine Access 6 months prior to Group Pre-Defense.

    Review Rackham Format Guidelines in The Dissertation Handbookand the Dissertation Formatting Checklist.

  • 2

    Register for the required Pre-defense meeting with Rackham (in-person or remote) at least 3 weeks before the Oral Defense.

  • 3

    Complete Pre-defense meeting with Rackham at least 10 working days prior to the Oral Defense.

  • 4

    Distribute the dissertation and abstract to committee members at least 10 working days prior to the Oral Defense.

  • 5

    Apply for graduation for your doctoral degree through Wolverine Access.

    Complete the required online Survey of Earned Doctorates.

  • 6

    View Wolverine Access 3 days prior to the oral defense to confirm that Dissertation Evaluations have been received from all committee members. Follow up with committee members as needed.

  • 7

    Print Oral Report form from web after receiving e-mail that it is ready to print, and take to Oral Defense.

  • 8

    Oral Defense of Dissertation

  • 9

    Verify with Chair that he/she has submitted the Final Oral Examination Report to Rackham OARD.

  • 10

    Complete any changes, corrections, or revisions to your dissertation as required by your committee Chair or Co-Chair.

  • 11

    Verify that Chair or Co-Chair has submitted the Certificate of Dissertation Committee Approval through the Rackham online system.

  • 12

    Arrange for a Post-Defense meeting with Rackham OARD in person or remotely, referencing the Doctoral Degree Deadlines,

  • 13

    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.

  • 14

    Graduate Degree Completed

  • 15

    Graduate Degree Conferred


A PDF version of the Dissertation Timeline is also available.

Last updated: June 26, 2017 - 2:22pm