The dissertation proposal should be submitted for review to the student's advisory committee within 24 months of entering the program. The proposal, prepared according to program guidelines for content, format, and citations, provides the basis for the doctoral dissertation and must be presented at a public oral defense conducted by the student's doctoral committee. The proposal defense may include any questions relating to the proposed research as well as to the student's primary and complementary areas of study. Upon successful defense of the proposal the student will be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree. In the event the student's advisory committee determines that the student's performance was unsatisfactory, the committee at its discretion may schedule a re-examination no later than one year from the time of the initial examination.
In accordance with Graduate School requirements, registration shall be required in the final term in which a degree is granted.
Each CRM student is to write and successfully defend orally, a dissertation of high quality, representing original and meaningful interdisciplinary research that makes a contribution to the literature in the field of coastal resources management.
The content of the dissertation is the responsibility of the student. It is essential that the dissertation be written so that it is accessible to an interdisciplinary audience. The student's dissertation must represent study in both a primary and secondary concentration area, with one of these being natural sciences (coastal ecology, coastal geosciences) and one being social sciences (coastal economics, coastal human dimensions).
When, in the judgement of the advisory committee, the thesis is essentially complete, the student in consultation with the committee chair shall schedule a formal presentation of the research open to the public. Upon completion of the public presentation, the student will provide defense of the thesis before the committee. Upon satisfactory completion of this oral defense and appropriate modifications of the thesis manuscript, the committee will sign and submit to the Dean of the Graduate School certification that the students has completed the requirements to receive the doctoral degree.