The final step in the completion of the Ph.D. is the writing up of the thesis dissertation document and an oral defense exam, which is open to the public.

At least 30 days before defending, complete the Disseration Committee form. It requires a minimum of three faculty members. The student must take it to the Director of Doctoral Programs at the Viterbi School of Engineering (Jennifer Gerson) in OHE 106 to get the Dean's signature.

At least 1 week before the date of the oral defense exam, the Ph.D. student must provide to all members of the committee, electronically or in hard copy, a draft of the written dissertation. In addition, the student should also provide their advisor's administrative assistant with info about the defense talk (name, title, abstract, room and time) to be publicly posted a week in advance of the exam.

More information from the at the USC Graduate School's website including deadlines:

Thesis Center: Guidelines for Submission
Degree Conferral Dates
Guidelines for Format and Presentation

Published on November 1st, 2016

Last updated on February 12th, 2020