A critical step in the progress towards the degree for doctoral students is the formation of the dissertation committee.
Students should plan ahead in forming and maintaining their dissertation committee.
The Library holds a paper copy of most University of Chicago doctoral dissertations deposited before Summer 2009, as well as many early masters' theses, and those with current University of Chicago Library borrowing privileges may borrow them.
Records for these items appear in the Library Catalog. and Canada may be available in Pro Quest Dissertations & Theses.
The dissertation committee must be established by the time the student is admitted to candidacy.
The Division recommends that a dissertation committee consist of at least three and no more than five members.You might also search World Cat to see if the dissertation you need is held by a nearby library.The University of Chicago Library will lend most University of Chicago dissertations and theses deposited before Summer 2009.Note that some departments do not schedule examinations in summer.The student should send copies of the dissertation to the members of the committee no later than three weeks prior to the defense.If the Library holds a paper copy of a dissertation or thesis from another institution, a record will appear in the Library Catalog. Dissertations from other countries may be available from the Center for Research Libraries.If you have current borrowing privileges at the University of Chicago Library, you may place an interlibrary loan request to borrow dissertations that are not available through the Library.The role of dissertation committee members is to provide feedback on the dissertation within a reasonable time period.Generally, this means that dissertation committee members read chapters, provide written or oral responses and participate in the dissertation defense.If you are not affiliated with the University of Chicago, check with your local library to determine what databases and borrowing options are available to you.Many college and university libraries subscribe to Pro Quest Dissertations & Theses Full Text.