Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Writing Your Dissertation







writing the dissertation--templates, communication, firm deadlines, clear expectations 

Committee Changes

Any changes to your dissertation committee must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Changes should be approved at least 30 days prior to the date of the oral examination so that all new members have ample time to become familiar with your dissertation.

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Applying to Graduate
The candidate must apply to graduate early in the semester that he/she aims to earn the degree. Summer graduates must be registered in MEL w399W. Please see this page for complete information.
In Absentia Registration (summer graduates only)
In absentia is is a useful option that is available to summer degree candidates who aren't able to submit a finished and approved dissertation by the last class day of summer. This essentially "buys" the student an extra 10-12 days to complete revisions and obtain final signatures. The deadline is the day before the 1st class day of the fall semester. There is a $25 fee associated with in absentia, but by making this deadline, the student avoids having to register another dissertation course in the fall, thereby saving a lot of money. OGS will provide the student with an official letter stating that all degree requirements have been satisfied, which is useful for those applying for jobs. The downside is that you are still registered in absentia and, therefore, do not officially graduate until December of that year. Diplomas are sent to the student's permanent address in January. You may need to update this information in UT Direct on this page.



Lisa Parisi, Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Na'ama Pat-El, Graduate Advisor

Please visit the Graduate Student Forms, Making Progress Toward the Degree, and Ph.D. Degree Requirements sections.

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