Dissertation Defense Process 2017-2018

All of the following Defense forms must be submitted to DMS four weeks prior to your defense via email or in person (see degree application for specific deadlines and instructions)

Before scheduling the defense and submitting any of the forms, a DAC report stating the student has the permission to write the dissertation must be on file in the Division Office and students must attend a dissertation packet meeting.



Helpful Defense Process Handouts


Defense Preparation Checklists:


Stipend and Health Insurance Information


DMS Academic Guidelines 2017-2018 - Dissertation Defense Related Excerpt


Defense Preparation Information


Final Dissertation Submission Steps


  Mandatory Surveys- Confirmation Code must be submitted with dissertation


Thesis Writing Tips – from DMS Alumni


Dissertation Submission Links

ETD @ Harvard – final dissertation submission

Acme Binding - company Harvard uses to bind dissertations


Harvard University Links

FAS Registrar Degree Information

The Form of the PhD Dissertation

GSAS Dissertation Page

GSAS Center for Writing & Communicating Ideas

Office of Scholarly Communication

ORCID Information

Harvard Commencement Information

Harvard University Student Health Program

Degree Dates & Deadlines

November 14, 2017


August 7, 2017
Dissertation Submission: September 7, 2017

March 13, 2018


December 15, 2017
Dissertation Submission: January 19, 2018

May 24, 2018


April 6, 2018
Dissertation Submission:
January 26, 2018 (May degree without spring tuition and insurance coverage)

May 11, 2018



May 24, 2018

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