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FAQ

When do I complete my Comprehensive Exam?

Students take their comprehensive exams when they are in their final semester of coursework, before the final two stand-alone dissertation courses. 

How do I prepare for my Comprehensive Exam? Is there a study guide?

Review all of your core and specialty/concentration notes, and papers.  Review recent literature on your specialty/concentration so you will have recent content knowledge.  Contact the graduate school (graduateschool@ucumberlands.edu) for a link to the official current study guide for your degree program. 

How long is a comprehensive exam?

Approximately 4 hours

When do I get my committee members?

You formally submit your committee member names during DRST930.   

What can I expect for my dissertation defense?

Be prepared to orally defend your dissertation.  You will discuss your findings, implications, and methodology.  Be prepared to answer your committee’s questions related to their feedback and guidance through the process. Dissertation Defenses are completed virtually, students will need to have a microphone and camera-enabled access. 

Do I have to come to Main Campus for my defense?

No. Dissertation Defenses are hosted virtually, so you can attend from anywhere.

What is an IRB?

This is the Institutional Review Board.  In iLearn, you can access the IRB and Research organization for forms, documentation, and guidance on the IRB process. 

Who can I contact to help edit my dissertation?

Resources like Grammarly are great! You can find access to Grammarly and other writing resources through the Writing Center – they can help you too! www.ucumberlands.edu/learningcommons

Do different academic programs have different requirements for their dissertation?

Though different academic areas have different types of research focus the overall format is the same. The Graduate School is staffed with dissertation professionals who will lead you through the process regardless of the research path you take.   

How do I scheduled my Disseration Defense?

Once a dissertation has been approved by committee members and the academic department a doctoral candidate will be contacted by the Graduate School to schedule the time and date for your defense. 

I am a really good writer and think I can double up on my dissertation courses to complete faster, is that possible?

Each dissertation course is a prerequisite for the next course.