Students begin working on the Dissertation after successful completion of Ph.D. Exams.
A Dissertation can take one or more years to complete.
Registration for Dissertation credit (English 800) requires the signature of the Dissertation Director, necessitating a meeting with the Dissertation Director at least one time each quarter.
After gaining the Reading Committee's approval of the Dissertation Prospectus, the student writes a dissertation under the direction of the Dissertation Director. The Dissertation Director is the student's principal adviser, but the student may consult other members of the Committee. When the completed Dissertation has been approved by the Dissertation Director, the student may submit copies of the Dissertation to the English Graduate Office for formal submission to the Reading Committee and request the scheduling of a Dissertation Defense.