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DissertationUpon successful completion of the qualifying examination and presentation of a satisfactory dissertation proposal, the student will be nominated to candidacy for the Ph. The Dissertation Committee, which must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School, will be responsible for directing and evaluating the thesis. Doctoral candidates are also required to offer a public lecture on the nature of their dissertation at some point prior to the defense with the committee. Final ExaminationThe dissertation defense serves as the final oral examination and will cover topics related to the dissertation and area(s) of specialization. We remind you that the University Graduate bulletin represents the legal contract between graduate students and Indiana University and can be found at the University Graduate School Bulletin 2016-17.