The original research conducted by the candidate must be summarized in a thesis. When a student has completed their research and thesis to the satisfaction of their PI and their committee, the student schedules the Final Defense (by the end of the 4th semester). The Mentor Committee administers the thesis defense, through the seminar, which is open to the public unless otherwise requested, and the defense. The candidate may not take the Final Defense until all other requirements for the degree have been satisfied. For additional information, please review the Graduate School’s Completing Your Master’s Degree page.
**If the student has not scheduled their final defense during their 4th semester, then the GPM will schedule a meeting with the GPM, DGS, PI, and student to determine barriers to student’s completion and make a plan for completion.