IMPORTANT - Do not submit this form until you have completed your final project.
As a requirement of their degree, all doctoral students are required to defend a dissertation. Master's students, depending on their program and track, are required to defend a thesis. The requirements for each are listed below.
- Dissertation - A Dissertation Committee, of which the dissertation adviser shall be chair, shall pass on the acceptability of each dissertation. The committee shall be nominated by the student and appointed by the chair of the major department. The committee shall consist of a minimum of three members, at least two of whom shall be on the faculty of the major department. Faculty members outside of Georgia State University may be approved to serve on a dissertation committee with the approval of the Dean’s Office. Two-thirds of the committee must approve the dissertation in order for it to be acceptable as a fulfillment of degree requirements.
- Thesis - A Thesis Committee, of which the thesis adviser shall be chair, shall pass on the acceptability of the thesis. The committee consisting of at least two members shall be nominated by the student and appointed by the chair of the major department. Two-thirds of the committee must approve the thesis in order for it to be acceptable to the Office of Graduate Services.
**Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all classes and events must be held online for the remainder of spring semester. This includes final defenses for non-thesis capstone projects. However, you can use video conferencing software (Webex, Zoom, Skype) to conduct a virtual defense of your final project.