Defense Day Essentials: To-Do Items

DEFENSE NOTICE FORM

When you and your committee have decided on a firm defense date, time, and location, please download and print out the Defense Notice Form, have your main advisor sign the form, then drop the form off at the Graduate School; e-mail the form to grad.defense@miami.edu; or FAX the form to 305-284-5441. Your defense notice can be viewed by accessing the "Upcoming Thesis and Dissertation Defenses" section located in the Events section of the Graduate School Web site.

FORMS TO BRING ON THE DEFENSE DATE

(1) Certificate of Defense Approval Form (Master's, Doctoral): Prior to the defense date, please download, prepare, and print out the Certificate of Defense Approval Form (Master's, Doctoral). You should bring the Certificate with you to the defense and have the committee members sign the form after your successful defense. This signed form is your proof that the committee approved your defense. Hang on to the form, which will be collected by the Associate Director of Programs after you've uploaded the final PDF in the Scholarly Repository.

(2) Signature Page from the thesis or dissertation (optional): Some, but not all, committees will sign the Signature Page from the thesis or dissertation document on the defense day. The signed Signature Page is your proof that the committee approved the content of your final thesis or dissertation. If your committee agrees to sign this form on the day of the defense, you should prepare and print out the form using the front matter Word template. The Signature Page format can be found in the Word template appropriate for your degree:

It is recommended that you send the page to the Associate Director of Programs, grad.dissertation@miami.edu, for proofing before you ask for signatures. The Associate Director of Programs will collect the signed Signature Page from you after you've uploaded the final PDF in the Scholarly Repository. Students are responsible for collecting committee members' signatures on the form; the Associate Director of Programs will obtain the Dean of the Graduate School's signature.

PREDEFENSE FORMATTING REVIEW (OPTIONAL)

If you want to get a head start on formatting issues, an optional predefense formatting review from the Associate Director of Programs is available upon request by e-mailing the draft to grad.dissertation@miami.edu. Students who request the predefense formatting review send the draft to the Associate Director of Programs at the same time the draft is sent to committee members for review before the defense date, typically two weeks before the defense date.