Once the thesis is completed, a Thesis Oral Defense Scheduling Form must be filed with the dean of school or college by the chairperson of the Thesis Advisory Committee. The application must be filed at least two (2) weeks prior to when the defense is to be held and must be accompanied by certification that the thesis is complete except for revision which may be necessary as a result of the oral defense and of the review of the thesis by the Thesis and Dissertation Editor.
A written notice of the time and place of the defense of the thesis will be sent by the dean of the school or college to the candidate, each member of the committee, and the faculty at Fayetteville State University. The oral defense is an academic evaluation of the thesis by the committee, and is open to the committee members, university faculty, and approved guests. During the defense, the Thesis Advisory Committee may ask the candidate questions regarding subject matter in the student’s major field. The defense must be at least four (4) weeks before graduation, and a completed Thesis Oral Defense Results Form must be sent within three (3) days of the defense to the dean of school or college. A student may defend the thesis a maximum of two times. Maximum credit allowed for the thesis is six (6) semester hours.