PhD Students


In addition to coursework, all PhD students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of  Doctoral Dissertation Research (ENME 899 or ENRE 899) after advancing to candidacy

  1. Apply for graduation via Testudo 
  2. Complete the Nomination of Thesis or Dissertation Committee Form.

10 DAYS prior to your FINAL DISSERTATION DEFENSE,  please provide the Graduate Office at with the following:

  • Title of Dissertation
  • Date, time, location
  • List of all committee members
  • Abstract

Once you have satisfactory defended your FINAL Dissertation, you will need to provide the Graduate Studies Office the following: 

  1. A completed Report of Examining Committee Form with all signatures from each committee member (given to the chair a day prior to the defense)
  2. Submit a final copy of your Dissertation via ETD System AND provide a pdf copy to the Graduate Studies Office at before the University’s deadline (please refer to this link for the academic deadlines)
  3. Submit the signed Electronic Publication Form to the Graduate Studies Office 

For the dissertation style guide, templates and how to upload it please visit the link below:

If you would like to have your dissertation professional bound, we have used this company in the past:

The Gruver Co., Inc.
3342 Bladensburg Road, LL-B
Brentwood, MD 20722
Attn: Jeff Haven

All students complete the  DEPARTMENT EXIT PLAN

Complete the Graduate School surveys

*International Students complete the ISSS Exit Plan Must be completed at the beginning of their final term. Also be sure that your I-20 does NOT expire before your final dissertation submittal. ALSO, you MUST be assured that you are definitely graduating. If not you may run into major problems

Upload and Submit the ISSS Exit plan through the following link

Please direct all questions to