A final oral presentation and defense of the student’s Ph.D. dissertation to members of the doctoral committee is required for completion of the degree. The Ph.D. dissertation should be an original body of work performed by the Candidate. The purpose of the dissertation is to demonstrate ability for independent investigation and proficiency in the field. As a general guideline, it is expected that by the time of graduation, CMP students will have completed significant work, suitable for the publication of at least one first author paper in a high quality, peer-reviewed journal. Ultimately, however, it is up to the Doctoral Committee to determine whether the student’s progress merits award of the Ph.D
The official UCLA Thesis and Dissertation Formatting and Filing Guide contains established criteria for uniformity in the physical format of theses and dissertations. The regulations included in it supersede any style manual instructions regarding format. It also includes information on filing dates and procedures, registration of copyright, and guidelines for submission.
Staff from the UCLA Graduate Division will present information on University regulations governing manuscript preparation and completion of degree requirements. Students who plan to file a thesis or dissertation during the quarter are encouraged to attend. Visit the link at http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gasaa/library/thesismtg.htm for important dates, locations, and deadlines.
A final copy of the dissertation should be submitted to the Doctoral Committee no less than one week before the scheduled doctoral defense date. After the examination, all necessary changes to the manuscript should be made within two weeks.
A new electronic dissertation filing system has gone into effect as of March 13, 2012. Instructions can be found in the ETD Submission Instructions document.
This Final Exam Checklist will help guide you through the dissertation process.