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Student Forms

Proposal Approval Forms

The signed Proposal Approval Form is required to be submitted along with the complete proposal to program office. The student may not register for thesis, capstone, or dissertation credits until the proposal is approved by the program office.

Once a student starts registering for thesis, capstone, or dissertation credits, they must continue to register until orally defending their work.

Progress Report

This progress report is required from each student registered for thesis or capstone credits by the end of each term of registration before a grade is issued. The completed report is turned into the Program Office by the student's advisor.

The report will include the following information:

Defense Approval Forms

On completion of the capstone, thesis, or dissertation to the major professor's satisfaction, it is formally submitted to the other committee members. Upon agreement of the full committee, submission of the signed Defense Approval Form and the paper to the program office, and approval of the Chair of the Department, the defense may be scheduled.

The defendable copy must be complete, including, for example, all relevant materials, appendices, figures, and data tables. The copy (or reproductions thereof) will be available for review to any interested faculty member. Incomplete works will not be acceptable for defense. Once the defendable copy is submitted, additional revisions should not be made or circulated prior to the defense.

There are two components to a defense: public and private. For the public defense, requirements generally include a 30- to 50-minute oral presentation (with appropriate visual aids) to the faculty, student body, and other interested persons. In the case of distance students who are unable to attend their defense in person at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, alternate arrangements may be made using audio-visual software. The committee will then question the candidate in private on aspects related to their capstone or thesis work. This private session is closed and limited to the candidate, members of the committee, and interested faculty members. The committee then takes a vote in closed session. The capstone, thesis, or Ph.D. dissertation may be accepted, accepted with revision, or rejected. If extensive corrections are required the student may have to register for additional dissertation, thesis or capstone credits.

Rubric Exam Request Form

Students must complete all required core coursework before submitting a request with the program office to take their rubric exam. If you have completed the required coursework, and need to request to take the rubric exam, please fill out the Rubric Request Form and submit to

Application for Degree Conferral