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Advanced Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Master's Degree | Dual Degree Programs | Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The following minimum requirements apply to all master's degrees, including the M.A., M.S., M.Arch., M.A.T., M.B.A., M.C.R.P., M.C.S., M.Engr., M.SW.Engr., M.Ed., M.Ed.T., M.L.A., M.P.A. (Accounting), M.P.A. (Public Administration), M.S.N. and M.S.S.W., offered by The University of Texas at Arlington. Additional requirements may be imposed for specialized or professional degree programs, or by individual departments or interdepartmental or intercampus graduate studies committees. These requirements are included in descriptions of individual degree programs.

Departmental, Program and College Program Manuals for Students

Many departments and programs issue program manuals, procedures and policy manuals, graduate student handbooks and other informational publications for students and faculty in graduate programs. These publications provide detailed and useful information; however, they are not statements of official policy of The University of Texas at Arlington nor of The University of Texas System. In all matters, the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, the Handbook of Operating Procedures of The University of Texas at Arlington, and the Graduate Catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington shall supersede departmental, program or college publications.

Graduate Program Degree Requirements and Academic Performance Standards for Master's Degrees

Degree requirements and academic performance standards given in this section are the minimum required by Graduate School and University policy. Satisfying these general requirements and standards, however, does not imply that all degree and program requirements have been met. Many programs set special course requirements and may require higher grade-point averages or other academic standards than those given in this section. Such program requirements and standards are included in individual program descriptions in this catalog and in departmental and college program manuals or policy statements. These special requirements shall not be considered in conflict with this catalog and shall have the same force as this catalog.

Undergraduate Preparation

Minimum undergraduate preparation acceptable for graduate concentration in most areas is 12 semester hours of advanced undergraduate work in that area; however, this requirement varies widely, and individual department and program descriptions should be consulted for specific requirements. The appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies may administer an oral, written, or both oral and written examinations to an applicant to assess undergraduate preparation for graduate work. The committee may require the student to eliminate deficiencies in undergraduate preparation before being granted unconditional acceptance into the graduate program.

Residence

Master's degree candidates are expected to spend the equivalent of two semesters of full-time study in residence at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Supervising Committees

The Dean of Graduate Studies will appoint for each master's student a supervising committee upon recommendation by the Graduate Advisor and the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies. The committee will normally consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty and will be responsible for the design of the student's program. One qualified external person who is not a member of the graduate faculty may serve as a voting member of a supervising committee following a request accompanied by documentation, such as a vita, from the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies to the Dean of Graduate Studies and approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Any external, non-voting members must be in addition to the three voting members and must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The supervising committee conducts the final thesis examination for thesis degree plan candidates and determines scope, content and form of the final master's comprehensive examination for thesis substitute and non-thesis degree plan candidates.

Degree Plans and Hours Required

Three degree plans (thesis, thesis substitute and non-thesis) leading to the master's degree are available. All programs, except those in Education, and Public Administration, offer the thesis degree plan. In certain departments and programs, a student may follow a thesis substitute or non-thesis degree plan upon recommendation of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Plans available in each department or program are listed in the catalog in the section on departmental and program descriptions.

The thesis degree plan requires a minimum of 30 semester hours, of which at least 24 must be in coursework and six in a thesis course. The thesis must be approved by the thesis advisor and by a supervising committee of three or more members appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The thesis is subject to final approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students receiving advice and assistance from a faculty member in the preparation of a thesis must register for the appropriate course even if they are not on campus. Each semester, after consulting with their Graduate Advisor, students must register for the amount of thesis credit commensurate with the efforts to be expended by the student and the thesis advisor in the preparation of the thesis. Once the student is enrolled in the thesis course, continuous enrollment is required. The student must be enrolled in six hours of thesis during the semester the student finishes the thesis requirements and files for graduation. The degree candidate must defend the thesis in a final oral examination open to all members of the faculty.

The thesis substitute degree plan requires a minimum of 33 semester hours, of which at least 27 must be in coursework and three in an appropriate project or research course. The thesis substitute may include: 1) internship reports in programs in which the internship has been determined by the Dean of Graduate Studies to be an essential component; 2) reports prepared in certain graduate seminar, conference or research courses; or 3) a design thesis in Architecture. The internship substitute requires a minimum of six semester hours in the internship course.

The non-thesis degree plan requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework, of which at least 24 must be in the major area(s) of study.

Tentative Program of Work

A Tentative Program of Work listing all transfer courses, courses in progress and courses required by the student's committee or department may be filed in the Graduate School. This is typically done before a student completes 12 hours of graduate study. If students desire approval to apply up to nine semester hours of transfer credit to their degree program, the Tentative Program of Work may be used to make the request and establish that those courses will satisfy degree requirements at The University of Texas at Arlington. In all degree plans, the entire degree program must be approved by the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Candidacy and Final Program of Work

Students will be admitted to candidacy for the master's degree only when the requirements listed on the Final Program of Work have been met. Students must file a Final Program of Work and Application for Candidacy with the Dean of Graduate Studies no later than 30 days after the first day of classes of the semester in which they plan to receive the degree. In addition, students must submit an Application for Graduation by the same deadline. Students planning to receive a degree at the end of the summer session must file the Final Program of Work, an Application for Candidacy and an Application for Graduation with the Dean of Graduate Studies no later than 30 days after the first class day of the 11-week summer session. These forms are available online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor. See the Graduate School calendar, available online at www.uta.edu/uta/acadcal, for specific deadline dates.

Final Master's Examination

A final program examination is required for all master's degree candidates. The final master's examination can result in: 1) pass with a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the candidate be certified to receive the earned degree; 2) a conditional pass with the requirement that additional conditions be met, which may include further work on the thesis or thesis substitute, additional coursework with a minimum specified grade-point average, or both (in all cases, the final master's examination must be repeated within a specified period); 3) failure, with permission to be re-examined after a specified period; or 4) failure, with recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the candidate be dismissed from the program. Most programs limit to two the number of repeats of the final master's examination. Additional repeats require specific advanced written approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

For thesis degree plan candidates, the examination will be an oral defense of the thesis. The examination will be conducted by all members of the student's supervising committee but will be open to all members of the faculty. The thesis examining committee must have copies of the thesis at least two weeks prior to the thesis defense.

For thesis substitute or non-thesis degree plan candidates, the final examination will be a comprehensive examination that is written, oral or both. The scope, content and form of the examination(s) shall be determined and administered by all members of the student's supervising committee. Students in the College of Business Administration fulfill the comprehensive examination requirement as follows: Accounting, Professional Accounting, Master of Business Administration, Personnel and Human Resource Management, and Taxationsuccessful completion of BUSA 5333; Real Estatesuccessful completion of REAE 5319; Information Systemssuccessful completion of INSY 5345 or 5375; Marketing Researchsuccessful completion of MKRS 5395 and MKRS 5398. Students in the Master of Science in Social Work fulfill the comprehensive examination requirement upon successful completion of Social Work 6305. Students in the Master of Architecture program fulfill the comprehensive examination requirement upon successful completion of six hours of advanced design studio (non-thesis) or design thesis (thesis substitute). Students in the Master of Public Administration program fulfill the comprehensive examination upon successful completion of URPA 5343.

The student's Graduate Advisor must submit a request for the thesis defense or comprehensive examination to the Graduate School no later than two weeks before the proposed examination date. The request must indicate the time, place and form (oral and/or written) of the examination and be signed by all members of the examining committee, confirming their intention to be present.

The Final Master's Examination Report must be filed in the Graduate School no later than three weeks before the date on which the candidate expects the degree to be conferred. Thesis degree plan candidates must deposit three unbound copies of the final approved thesis with the Graduate School by that date. Candidates will be billed for the required fees as explained in the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog. All these forms are available through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor.

Master's Thesis

All master's students must be aware of requirements, components and deadlines associated with the thesis, final defense and submission of the final copies of the thesis to the Graduate School. The deadline dates for each semester are published in the Graduate School Calendar at www.uta.edu/uta/acadcal.

Enrollment Requirement

A thesis degree plan student must be enrolled in the appropriate thesis course in the semester in which the thesis is defended. Social work students will enroll in SOCW 6393 to conduct thesis research and SOCW 6398 in the semester in which the thesis is defended. Computer Science and Engineering students will enroll in Thesis I the semester before defending the thesis, and Thesis II during the semester in which they defend. All other thesis option students must be enrolled in the appropriate 6-hour thesis course in the semester in which the thesis is defended.

Thesis Manuscript Preparation

Students pursuing a thesis option master's degree must have the format of the thesis manuscript approved by the U.T. Arlington Graduate School before the degree can be conferred. The Graduate School specifically checks the document for conformity to U.T. Arlington formatting requirements. Details regarding U.T. Arlington's thesis formatting requirements can be found online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor.

The Graduate School offers all master's students the opportunity to attend Thesis and Dissertation Seminars each semester. These seminars provide attendees with detailed explanations of the style guides and hands-on experience with the RAFT Template. In addition, all graduation procedures and requirements are covered in the seminars. Reservations are required and can be made online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor.

Preliminary Format Check

Thesis students have the option to submit a portion of the thesis to the Thesis and Dissertation Specialist in the Graduate School for a preliminary format check. The preliminary format check is not a requirement for graduation and is provided as a service for students who have questions regarding formatting. Students can generally expect feedback regarding the preliminary check within 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays). However, students should be aware that completed theses submitted for mechanical check will be given priority over preliminary check submissions.

Mechanical Check

In order to fulfill thesis requirements, master's thesis students must submit a copy of their thesis to the Thesis and Dissertation Specialist in the Graduate School for a complete review of the format of the entire manuscript. This review is called the mechanical check. Students may be required to resubmit the document for additional checks depending on the nature and number of formatting errors found. The final copies of the thesis may be submitted to the Graduate School only when the mechanical check conducted by the Thesis and Dissertation Specialist reveals that the thesis is formatted properly. Thus, the thesis submitted for mechanical checking should be complete and as near to being in final format as possible.

The first time a thesis is submitted for mechanical checking, it must be accompanied by the Verification of Research Compliance (VRC) form or it will be returned to the student unchecked. The VRC form can be found online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor.

Generally, students may expect the mechanical check to be completed within 72 hours of submission (excluding weekends and holidays). However, expect the mechanical check to take longer than 72 hours during peak submission periods which occur around submission deadlines. Semester deadlines for mechanical checks can be found in the Graduate School calendar (www.uta.edu/uta/acadcal).

Final Copies and Submission

Once the Thesis and Dissertation specialist has approved the thesis and the student has unconditionally passed the thesis defense, the student will be approved for submission of the final three copies of the thesis to the Graduate School for approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The three copies must be submitted in three separate, clearly labeled envelopes by the deadline for final three submission (see the online Graduate Calendar, www.uta.edu/uta/acadcal) and must be prepared according to regulations described in the current edition of The UTA Thesis and Dissertation Guide: Requirements, Style, and RAFT Template available online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor and Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (6th ed.), available at the University Bookstore. Final copies must be printed on 25% cotton rag, 20 lb. paper and accompanied by the Thesis Final Three Checklist, UMI microfilm agreement, Thesis and Dissertation Data Sheet, and the Intellectual Property Statement. All of the forms are available online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor.

The final three copies of the thesis are University property and a student may make no private agreements with employers, funding sources, or others that restrict or infringe upon University rights. Thesis copyrights, where applicable, are held by the student author. Thesis fees are explained in the Tuition and Fees section of the Graduate Catalog.

Time Limit

Programs for the master's degree must be completed within six years (time in military service excluded) from initial registration in the Graduate School.

Foreign Language Requirement

A reading knowledge of at least one foreign language (classical or modern) is required by some departments or programs for master's degree candidates. Specific language requirements, if any, are given in the individual departmental and program degree descriptions.

Dual Degree Programs

Students may pursue dual degree programs other than those specifically defined in the catalog with prior approval of the appropriate Committees on Graduate Studies and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students wishing to pursue dual degree programs other than those specifically defined in the catalog should contact the Graduate School for details.

Students in any dual degree program must be admitted to each participating program. Students accepted into dual degree programs must submit separate Programs of Work for each degree, showing only courses that meet requirements for the specified degree, including those joint courses that meet requirements for both degrees. Unless otherwise stated under the dual degrees programs specified elsewhere in this catalog, the number of hours that may be used jointly will be determined by the total number of hours required by both degree programs if completed separately. For purposes of dual degree programs, the total number of semester hours required for both degrees if completed separately is defined as the number of semester hours required for a student to complete all advanced degree requirements (excluding deficiency, leveling and prerequisite courses) for both degrees.

  1. Six semester hours may be used jointly when the total number of hours required for both degrees is 60;
  2. Six to 12 semester hours may be used jointly when the total number of hours required for both degrees is between 60 and 72 hours;
  3. Six to 18 semester hours may be used jointly when the total number of hours required for both degrees exceeds 72 hours.

Admission to and enrollment in the programs for a dual degree must be concurrent. Students must be admitted to the second program before completing more than 24 semester hours in the first, exclusive of leveling, deficiency or foundation courses, and must complete the second degree within three academic years following completion of the first.

All grades earned in dual degree status are used for purposes of determining academic good standing, academic probation and graduate requirements.

Students must be in good standing in both programs to continue in a dual degree program. Students who are dismissed from either program are no longer considered to be in a dual degree program. These students may enroll in and use courses for credit toward the degree program in which they are in good standing only. Students may not take courses in the program from which they have been dismissed and may not use such courses for dual degree credit.

Dual degree programs are available at the master's level only. Not all graduate programs participate in dual degrees.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is the highest degree offered by The University of Texas at Arlington. The degree is awarded only for academic work of distinction through which the student demonstrates superior scholarship and capacity for original work. Requirements for the doctoral degree listed below are the minimum required by the Graduate School. Meeting all of these requirements does not result automatically in the awarding of the doctoral degree. All departments and programs have additional requirements for a high level of scholarly achievement that must be met by successful doctoral candidates. In all doctoral programs, the basic requirements are that a student 1) attain mastery of a field of knowledge as determined by the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and demonstrated in a general examination; and 2) present evidence of a capacity to complete a significant program of original research by preparation of a dissertation.

To be admitted to a doctoral program, an applicant must have completed a master's degree or at least 30 semester credit hours of graduate coursework.

Departmental, Program and College Program Manuals for Students

Many departments and programs issue program manuals, procedures and policy manuals, graduate student handbooks and other informational publications for students and faculty in graduate programs. These publications may provide detailed and useful information; however, they are not statements of official policy of The University of Texas at Arlington nor of The University of Texas System. In all matters the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, the Handbook of Operating Procedures of The University of Texas at Arlington and the Graduate Catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington shall supersede departmental, program or college publications.

Graduate Program Degree Requirements and Academic Performance Standards for Doctoral Degrees

Degree requirements and academic performance standards in the section entitled "Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree" are the minimum required by Graduate School and University policy.

Satisfying these general requirements does not imply that all degree and program requirements have been met. Many programs set special course requirements and may require higher grade-point averages or other academic standards than those in this section. Such program requirements and standards are included with individual program descriptions in this catalog and in departmental, program, and college program manuals or policy statements. These special course requirements published in departmental, program or college program manuals or policy statements shall not be considered in conflict with this catalog and shall have the same force as this catalog.

Residence

Residence requirements vary widely among doctoral programs. For specific requirements, consult the Degree Requirements section under individual departments and programs offering the doctoral degree.

Courses and Semester Hour Requirements

The doctoral degree cannot be earned solely by passing certain courses and accumulating a specified number of credit hours; however, a department or program may require a core group of courses for all of its doctoral students. Courses are generally concentrated in the student's major field, but some are normally taken in one or more complementary minor fields. In interdepartmental programs, the major work may be divided among two or more primary fields.

The Graduate School imposes no specific semester-hour requirements for the doctoral degree except for residence requirements included in individual degree program descriptions.

Foreign Language Requirement

Prior to scheduling the doctoral comprehensive examination, the Graduate School requires evidence that the student has a reading knowledge of one foreign language applicable to the student's field of study or has attained proficiency in a research-tool area such as computer sciences or experimental statistics. Other suitable foreign language substitutes may be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

The Ph.D. program in English requires translation competency in two foreign languages for the Rhetoric Track and in one foreign language for the Literature Track. The Ph.D. program in History requires a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language determined by either four semesters of credit in a single foreign language (grade B average), a standardized test, or a translation exam. The Ph.D. program in Chemistry requires competency in an approved computer language, and the Ph.D. program in Psychology has established a computer knowledge requirement in lieu of the foreign language requirement. For information regarding the foreign language requirement in the Program of Linguistics, contact the Graduate Advisor. There is no foreign language requirement for the Ph.D. in the various engineering fields, but a research tool may be required as determined by the student's committee.

The foreign language requirement may be met by: 1) successfully passing an examination prepared by an appointee of the Dean of Graduate Studies; 2) making an acceptable score on the Educational Testing Service Graduate School Foreign Language Test; or 3) earning a grade of B or higher in French, German or Russian 4331 and 4332, or equivalents. The foreign language substitute requirement may be met by a method determined by the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Diagnostic Evaluation

During the student's first year of doctoral program work, the student must demonstrate potential to successfully complete a degree program. The method of assessing the student's potential will be determined by the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and may be in the form of a written or oral examination, personal interviews with faculty members, successful completion of certain courses in the first semester of residence, or by any combination of these methods. Results of the diagnostic evaluation may be: 1) approval to continue in the doctoral program; 2) approval to continue with specified remedial work; 3) failure, but with permission for assessment through a second diagnostic evaluation after a specified period; or 4) failure and termination in the program.

The diagnostic evaluation report must be filed in the Graduate School by the student's Graduate Advisor during the student's first year of doctoral program work but no later than the completion of the first 18 semester hours of coursework beyond appropriate master's level coursework, or the equivalent.

After the student successfully completes the diagnostic evaluation, the Dean of Graduate Studies will assign an examining committee, members of which are recommended by the Graduate Advisor and appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies. The committee will consist of at least five members, four of whom must be from the student's major area, including at least one from each minor field. One qualified external person who is not a member of the graduate faculty may serve as a voting member of a committee following a request accompanied by documentation, such as a vita, from the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies to the Dean of Graduate Studies and approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies. In interdisciplinary programs, at least two members must represent each field concerned, but in no case will the committee consist of fewer than five members. The committee is responsible for design and direction of the student's program. After the student has passed the comprehensive examination (see next paragraph), the doctoral supervising committee may be altered or expanded to accommodate the dissertation research needs of the student, but the committee must continue to include at least five voting members. Any external, non-voting members in addition to the five voting members of the committee must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Comprehensive Examination

Students are eligible to take the comprehensive examination after giving evidence to their doctoral committee of adequate academic achievement by having completed all or most coursework requirements. The comprehensive examination usually marks the end of formal coursework and the beginning of concentrated work on dissertation research and preparation. The student must be enrolled in the Graduate School in the semester in which he/she takes the comprehensive examination.

The comprehensive examination may be written, oral or both written and oral. Its scope, content and form shall be determined by the student's examining committee with approval of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies. The student's Graduate Advisor must submit a Request for the Comprehensive Examination to the Graduate School no later than two weeks before the proposed examination date. The request must indicate the time, place and form (oral and/or written) of the examination and include signatures of all members of the examining committee.

In some departments and programs comprehensive examinations are given semiannually; in these areas students should consult the Graduate Advisor in that program for appropriate regulations and procedures.

The comprehensive examination may result in: 1) approval and recommendation to proceed to the next phase of the program; 2) approval to remain in the program but a requirement to meet certain specified additional criteria; 3) failure, but with permission to retake the examination after a period specified by the examining committee; or 4) failure with recommendation not to continue in the program.

Admission to Candidacy

Upon passing the comprehensive examination, the student becomes eligible for admission to candidacy. The Application for Candidacy and Final Program of Work must be filed in the Graduate School and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies at least one semester prior to awarding of the degree.

Time Limit

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within four years after the student passes the comprehensive examination.

Dissertation

A doctoral candidate/student must be enrolled in a nine-semester hour dissertation course (6999) in the semester in which the dissertation is defended. The dissertation represents the culmination of the student's academic efforts and so is expected to demonstrate original and independent research activity and be a significant contribution to knowledge.

Once the student is enrolled in the dissertation course, continuous enrollment is required. A student receiving advice and assistance from a faculty member in the preparation of a dissertation must register for the appropriate course even if the student is not on campus.

Registration in Doctoral Courses

  1. Registration in an individual study, research or similar course implies an expected level of effort on the part of the student that is at least equivalent to that of an organized course of the same credit value.
  2. Doctoral students shall not be required to register for more than nine credit hours during any long semester or summer, except that:
    1. Doctoral students who are enrolled in nine credit hours of organized courses and are also doing research related to their dissertation may be required to register for up to three hours of research for a total of 12 credit hours.
    2. Doctoral students supported as a graduate research or teaching assistant may be required to register for 12 credit hours (no more than nine credit hours to be in organized courses), as determined by the students' graduate program.
  3. Doctoral students who are required to register solely to satisfy a continuous enrollment requirement shall register for no more than three credit hours during each term.
  4. Doctoral students may not register for more than 12 semester hours in a semester or summer session unless such registration is approved in advance by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Dissertation Requirements

All doctoral students must be aware of requirements and deadlines associated with the dissertation, final defense and submission of the final copies of the dissertation to the Graduate School. The deadline dates for each semester are published in the Graduate School Calendar at www.uta.edu/uta/acadcal.

Enrollment Requirement

Doctoral students must be enrolled in the appropriate 9-hour dissertation course in the semester in which the dissertation is defended.

Dissertation Manuscript Preparation

Students pursuing a Ph.D. must have the format of the dissertation manuscript approved by the U.T. Arlington Graduate School before the degree can be conferred. The Graduate School specifically checks the document for conformity to U.T. Arlington formatting requirements. Details regarding U.T. Arlington's dissertation formatting requirements are available online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor. The Graduate School offers all doctoral students the opportunity to attend Thesis and Dissertation Seminars each semester. These seminars provide attendees with detailed explanations of the style guides and hands-on experience with the RAFT Template that can be used to facilitate putting a thesis or dissertation in proper format. In addition, all graduation procedures and requirements are covered in the seminars. Reservations are required and can be made online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor.

Dissertation Manuscript Format Review

Preliminary Format Check: Dissertation students have the option to submit a portion of the dissertation to the Thesis and Dissertation Specialist in the Graduate School for a preliminary format check. The preliminary check is not a requirement for graduation and is provided as a service for students who have questions regarding formatting. Students can generally expect feedback from the preliminary check within 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays). However, students should be aware that completed theses and dissertations submitted for mechanical check will be given priority over those submitted for preliminary checks.

Mechanical Check: In order to fulfill dissertation requirements, doctoral students must submit a copy of the dissertation to the Thesis and Dissertation Specialist in the Graduate School for a complete review of the format of the entire manuscript. This is called the mechanical check. Students may be required to resubmit the document for additional checks depending on the nature and number of formatting errors found. The final copies of the dissertation may be submitted to the Graduate School only when the mechanical check conducted by the Thesis and Dissertation Specialist reveals that the dissertation is properly formatted. Thus, the dissertation submitted for mechanical checking should be complete and as near to being in final format as possible.

The first time a dissertation is submitted for mechanical checking, it must be accompanied by the Verification of Research Compliance (VRC) form or it will be returned to the student unchecked. The VRC form can be found online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor.

Generally, students may expect the mechanical check to be completed within 72 hours of submission (excluding weekends and holidays). However, expect the mechanical check to take longer than 72 hours during peak submission periods which occur around submission deadlines. Semester deadlines for mechanical checks can be found in the Graduate School calendar (www.uta.edu/uta/acadcal).

Final Copies and Submission

Once the Thesis and Dissertation specialist has approved the dissertation and the student has unconditionally passed the dissertation defense, the student will be approved to submit the final three copies of the dissertation to the Graduate School for approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The three copies must be submitted in three separate, clearly labeled envelopes by the deadline for final three submission (see the online Graduate Calendar, www.uta.edu/uta/acadcal) and must be prepared according to regulations described in the current edition of The UTA Thesis and Dissertation Guide: Requirements, Style, and RAFT Template available online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor and Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (6th ed.), available at the University Bookstore. Final copies must be printed on 25% cotton rag, 20 lb. paper and accompanied by the Dissertation Final Three Checklist, UMI microfilm agreement, Thesis and Dissertation Data Sheet, the Intellectual Property Statement and a completed Survey of Earned Doctorates. All of these forms are available online through the Virtual Graduate School Advisor.

The final three copies of the dissertation are University property and a student may make no private agreements with employers, funding sources, or others that restrict or infringe upon University rights. Dissertation copyrights, where applicable, are held by the student author. Dissertation fees are explained in the Tuition and Fees section of the Graduate Catalog.

Dissertation Defense

An application for the dissertation defense must be filed in the Graduate School by the student no later than three weeks before the final date for submission of approved dissertations and dissertation defense reports and at least two weeks before the scheduled defense. The dissertation supervising committee must have copies of the dissertation at least two weeks prior to the dissertation defense.

The dissertation defense will be a public oral examination open to all members (faculty, students and invited guests) of the University community. Questioning of the candidate will be directed by the student's dissertation supervising committee. All members of the student's committee must be present at the defense.

Although the defense is concerned primarily with the dissertation research and its interpretation, the examining committee may explore the student's knowledge of areas relevant to the core of the dissertation problem.

The dissertation defense may result in a decision that the candidate has 1) passed unconditionally; 2) passed conditionally with remedial work specified by the committee; 3) failed, with permission to be re-examined after a specified period; or 4) failed and dismissed from the program. The dissertation must be approved unanimously by the student's dissertation supervising committee and by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Regardless of the outcome of the defense, the dissertation defense report must be submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies within five working days after the examination. When a scheduled defense is postponed or canceled, the Dean of Graduate Studies must receive written notice of this postponement or cancellation and a new application for the dissertation defense must be filed in the Graduate School in accordance with the Graduate School requirements specified above.

Three unbound copies of the final approved dissertation must be submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies by the date specified in the Graduate School Calendar available at www.uta.edu/uta/acadcal. When the final three copies are deposited with the Graduate School, the student will be billed for the required fees as explained in the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog.

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