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New Doctoral Defense Procedure
All academic doctoral students are required to successfully defend their thesis, a practice dating from the Middle Ages.  The purpose of the doctoral defense is to provide the doctoral student an opportunity to demonstrate competency in the field of research by responding to questions posed by scholars who serve on the faculty of the degree-granting institution.  The GTF has recently updated our doctoral defense protocol.
We have adopted a model of doctoral defense known as written disputations, i.e., a roster of  faculty-constructed questions to which the doctoral defendant must reply.  Written disputations allow the doctoral student to respond more formally and thoughtfully to faculty questions over a period of time.  Additionally, this format allows the student to avoid the expense of travel required for an on-site oral defense. 

Please click here to learn more about this new doctoral defense protocol.