MA Program Completion
Congratulations! You've completed all coursework and distribution, language, and the Orientation to Art Historical Research Methods requirements. Complete and return the "Request for Graduation" PDF form to the Graduate Office by the appropriate deadline.
|Session Requirements Completion||SGS Deadline||Convocation|
|Fall||mid-January||March (in absentia, no ceremony)|
PhD Program Completion (The Final Stretch)
Now it is three (perhaps four) years since your dissertation proposal. All research has been completed, and you have produced a manuscript. What's next?
- Obtain final approval from the supervisor and send your dissertation to the committee.
- Collect feedback from committee members, revise and edit your dissertation, and obtain approval from the committee.
The Supervisor and the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) discuss potential external appraisers and U of T "internal external" examiner. Generally, the supervisor sends the first note of inquiry to the potential appraiser, obtaining their interest and up-to-date CV. The Graduate Office follows up by sending the appraiser's credentials to SGS for approval.
The Examination Committee consists of four to six voting members. The Committee includes:
- At least one member, but not more than three members, of the Candidate's supervising committee.
- At least two examiners who have not been closely involved in the supervision of the thesis. Those eligible include the External Appraiser, members of the faculty appointed to the Candidate's graduate unit, and members of the faculty to other graduate units of the University or other approved professionals with status-only appointments to serve on the committee.
- A non-voting Chair appointed by SGS. SGS will appoint a Full or Emeritus Member of the graduate faculty (from another unit within the division) to serve as Chair of the Examination Committee.
Candidates should allow sufficient time for the process of arranging and scheduling a Final Oral Examination (FOE).
|8 weeks before||
|6 weeks before||
|2 weeks before||
The FOE is two hours long. The Candidate has twenty minutes to summarise the research and conclusion of the dissertation orally. The examiners will then pose specific follow-up questions during the rounds of questioning.
When there are no further questions, the voting Examination Committee members will discuss and vote yes or no on the question whether or not the dissertation and its defense are acceptable. Those committee members who find the dissertation acceptable must also indicate whether the dissertation is acceptable as is, or requires minor corrections or minor modifications.
|Dissertation Next Steps||Description|
- Make corrections/modifications to the dissertation as required.
- Obtain approval from the supervisor and faculty member(s) designated at the end of the FOE.
- Inform the DGS and Graduate Office, in writing, that the dissertation is ready to be submitted. Complete and return the "Request for Graduation" PDF form to the Graduate Office by the appropriate deadline. Refer to the table below for submission deadlines for convocation.
|Final Dissertation Submission||Convocation|
|mid-January||March (in absentia, no ceremony)|