Actual time to complete varies by discipline and departmental requirements. A PDF version of the Dissertation Timeline is also available.
Register for the required Pre-defense meeting with Rackham (in-person or remote) at least 3 weeks before the Oral Defense.
Complete Pre-defense meeting with Rackham at least 10 working days prior to the Oral Defense.
Distribute the dissertation and abstract to committee members at least 10 working days prior to the Oral Defense.
Print Oral Report form from web after receiving e-mail that it is ready to print, and take to Oral Defense.
Oral Defense of Dissertation
Verify with Chair that he/she has submitted the Final Oral Examination Report to Rackham OARD.
Complete any changes, corrections, or revisions to your dissertation as required by your committee Chair or Co-Chair.
Verify that Chair or Co-Chair has submitted the Certificate of Dissertation Committee Approval through the Rackham online system.
Complete online submission of the final dissertation (PDF) and abstract (text). Note that revisions and re-submission may be required. Once Rackham OARD has approved the submission, no changes or corrections may be made to the dissertation. Follow up with any additional outstanding requirements. All requirements must be submitted and approved by Rackham no later than 5:00pm on the deadline day.
Graduate Degree Completed
Graduate Degree Conferred
Contact Academic Records and Dissertations
0120 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Academic Records and Dissertations is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.