Final oral exams

The final oral examination tests originality, independence of thought, the ability to synthesize and interpret, and the quality of research presented. The final oral examination concerns principles and historic perspective as well as data. The final oral examination includes but is not limited to discussion of the dissertation. The examiners often pursue lines of thought and argument from the data and concepts that have contributed to the research and to its critical evaluation by the student.

A graduate student's final oral examination committee is composed of his or her dissertation committee plus the graduate faculty representative appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School. In addition to being a full voting member of the final oral examination committee, the graduate faculty representative reports to the Graduate School a judgment of the quality of the examination, of the dissertation or document, and of the student’s performance.

Section 7.10 of the Graduate School Handbook describes all Graduate School policies and procedures governing the final oral examination.

Frequently Asked Questions


Questions may be directed to staff members in Graduation Services at (614) 292-6031.