Requirements regarding theses and dissertations vary by program. Review the specific requirements of your program via your department’s website or contact your graduate program director.
The process, from proposal to processing and presentation of final copies, is detailed in URI’s Thesis/Dissertation Process: From Proposal to Defense.
For the oral defense, a sufficient number of completed copies of the thesis or dissertation, acceptable in form and substance to each member of the examining committee, is required along with a fully signed Request to Schedule an Oral Defense form and a yellow binding receipt obtained from Enrollment Services.
At least 20 calendar days before the proposed defense, the form, defense copies, and yellow receipt must be submitted to the Graduate School for scheduling of the examination.
The document should be formatted before defense. The document must be converted to pdf and uploaded to ProQuest ETD Administrator. After the format of the post-defense final version has been approved online, two paper copies with at least one signed Approval Page should be submitted to the Graduate School along with other documents described in the Checklist for Final Submissions.
The student’s department may require additional copies, provided by the student. The dean of the Graduate School will sign additional Approval Pages for these copies.