defense of thesis
The deadline to submit theses for August 2020 degree conferral is noon on Friday, August 14. Be sure to upload your signed title page before submitting your thesis.
COVID-19 Change: In the event that a thesis committee must change from what was previously approved, please confer with your graduate program administrator as soon as possible prior to your defense, and follow the instructions in section B here. The committee must still adhere all of the existing rules for composition in the General Announcements and all changes must be approved by your Department Chair or DGS as well as Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Due to COVID-19, defending your graduate thesis or dissertation in person is likely off the table. That doesn’t mean you have to wait to defend. Many schools and programs are allowing remote defenses — meaning you could find yourself defending from your living room! In this presentation, a recent psychology doctoral student that completed a remote defense, a current dean of psychology, and APA’s Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Education and Training, share how to prepare for and complete your thesis or dissertation defense remotely.
Alvin Akibar, PhD, is a recent doctoral recipient from the University of North Texas. Hideko Sera, PsyD, is the associate dean of the School of Education of the University of Redlands. Garth A. Fowler, PhD, is associate executive director of the APA Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Education and Training (Education Directorate) and will serve as moderator.