The DGS will arrange the final at the student's request after the student has satisfactorily completed all required course work, has met the residency requirements, and has submitted a draft of his/her thesis acceptable to each member of the Advisory Committee. The examination includes a defense of the student's thesis (copies of which must be given to each member of the student's Advisory Committee at least two weeks before the exam) and a comprehensive examination on Toxicology by the Committee. If a candidate fails, a second examination may be recommended by the Committee. A third examination is not permitted.
After the final examination has been passed and the thesis corrected as directed by the Committee, the student will prepare a final version of his/her thesis according to the rules of the Graduate School. The approval page must be signed by each member of the student's Advisory Committee and by the DGS. The thesis shall be submitted to the Graduate School within 60 days of passing the examination for final approval. If the student plans on continuing graduate studies in after receiving the Master's degree, the student must be recommended for entrance in to the doctoral program by the student's Advisory Committee and DGS. The student's doctoral Advisory Committee will require that the student's dissertation research be clearly distinctive from that of the student's Master's thesis, although the latter may be used as the basis of the student's dissertation research. The Advisory Committee will designate the courses (a minimum of 3) which the student must take prior to the student's Qualifying Examination. These courses will be selected to broaden the student's base of knowledge and/or to strengthen any areas of weakness evidenced during the final examination for the Master's degree.
The Final Examination includes a defense of the dissertation and may be as comprehensive in the major and minor areas as the Advisory Committee chooses to make it. It is conducted by an expanded Advisory Committee including someone designated by the Dean of the Graduate School (outside examiner). The examination is a public event and its scheduling is published and announced beforehand. Any member of the University community may attend.
At least four weeks prior to the Final Examination, following notification that the dissertation has been distributed to members of the Advisory Committee, the Director of Graduate Studies will advise The Graduate School of the intent to schedule a Final Examination. At this time, the Graduate Dean appoints an Outside Examiner as a core member of the Advisory Committee.
The specific time and date of the examination must be designated by The Graduate School at least two weeks prior to the actual examination. The Dissertation Approval Form, along with a typewritten copy of the dissertation must be presented to The Graduate School at the time the Final Examination is scheduled. The draft of the dissertation submitted must be complete in content, including all footnotes, tables, figures, and appendices. A full bibliography or set of references must be included as must a title page and abstract. All members of the Committee except the Outside Examiner should have had an opportunity to suggest revisions prior to signing the Dissertation Approval Form. Thus, most revisions should have been completed at an earlier time. The Final Examination must take place no later than eight days prior to the last day of class of the semester in which the student expects to graduate.