In the area examination, you review prior research in your chosen dissertation topic and present preliminary research results and an additional research plan. The guidance committee evaluates your performance and determines whether you demonstrate the depth of knowledge and understanding necessary to carry out research in your chosen area.
You should take the examination early in the PhD program. It may be in the form of an open seminar attended by other interested faculty and students.
After completing the doctoral dissertation, you will undergo an oral-thesis defense. The guidance committee conducts the examination, but the defense is open to all faculty members and to invited persons.
You should make dissertation copies available to prospective examiners at a reasonable advance time. You are advised to consult the Office of Research and PhD Programs regarding how to submit, reproduce, and bind the final manuscript.