Graduate School

O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2700
gradinfo@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Doctoral Students

As a current Ph.D. student, it is your responsibility to comply with all Oakland University policies, procedures and applicable program requirements that govern your individual program of study. You must schedule an appointment before your dissertation defense.

Thesis and Dissertation Forms Nominate your mentor 3MT & GSS
Ph.D. students

Important dates

Summer 2021 semester

  • May 3
    • Classes begin at 7:30 a.m.
    • All doctoral students must be enrolled for a minimum of one credit of dissertation research after coursework and research credits are complete. Students should refer to continuous enrollment policy in the Graduate Catalog.   
  • May 31
  • July 12
    • Last day to defend thesis, dissertation or DScPT report
      • The doctoral dissertation defense announcement form must be submitted 2 weeks prior to your scheduled defense. If you do not defend by this date, you will be denied graduation for Summer 2021 and must update your graduation semester.
  • July 19
    • Last day to obtain thesis/dissertation or DScPT report format approval from the Graduate School
      • You must meet with the thesis/dissertation coordinator for final draft review.
      • You must complete all format corrections and attain format approval from the Graduate School, no later than JULY 19
  • July 26
    • Last day to submit required copies of approved thesis, dissertation or DScPT report to the Graduate School for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 
  • August 23
    • Classes end at 10:00 p.m.  

Fall 2021 semester

  • September 2
    • Classes begin at 7:30 a.m.
    • All doctoral students must be enrolled for a minimum of one credit of dissertation research after coursework and research credits are complete. Students should refer to continuous enrollment policy in the Graduate Catalog.   
  • September 30
  • November 2
    • Last day to defend thesis, dissertation or DScPT report
      • The doctoral dissertation defense announcement form must be submitted 2 weeks prior to your scheduled defense. If you do not defend by this date, you will be denied graduation for Fall 2021 and must update your graduation semester.
  • November 9
    • Last day to obtain thesis/dissertation or DScPT report format approval from the Graduate School
      • You must meet with the thesis/dissertation coordinator for final draft review.
      • You must complete all format corrections and attain format approval from the Graduate School, no later than NOVEMBER 9
  • November 16
    • Last day to submit required copies of approved thesis, dissertation or DScPT report to the Graduate School for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 
  • December 14
    • Classes end at 10:00 p.m.  

Winter 2022 semester

  • January 5
    • Classes begin at 7:30 a.m.
    • All doctoral students must be enrolled for a minimum of one credit of dissertation research after coursework and research credits are complete. Students should refer to continuous enrollment policy in the Graduate Catalog.   
  • January 31
  • March 15
    • Last day to defend thesis, dissertation or DScPT report
      • The doctoral dissertation defense announcement form must be submitted 2 weeks prior to your scheduled defense. If you do not defend by this date, you will be denied graduation for Winter 2022 and must update your graduation semester.
  • March 22
    • Last day to obtain thesis/dissertation or DScPT report format approval from the Graduate School
      • You must meet with the thesis/dissertation coordinator for final draft review.
      • You must complete all format corrections and attain format approval from the Graduate School, no later than MARCH 22
  • March 29
    • Last day to submit required copies of approved thesis, dissertation or DScPT report to the Graduate School for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 
  • April 26
    • Classes end at 10:00 p.m.  

Dissertation process

When submitting a dissertation, you must meet with the thesis and dissertation coordinator. Meetings are by appointment only; no walk-ins are accepted. Review the whole dissertation process by visiting the Thesis and Dissertation page.

Clinical doctoral students

Doctoral Research Project

Professional or practice-based doctoral programs culminate in the completion of a terminal doctoral research project. The terminal doctoral research project may be qualitative or quantitative in nature and can include (but is not limited to) randomized clinical trials, intervention studies, comparison studies, single subject methods, meta-analytic designs, integrative literature reviews, or other discipline specific projects demonstrating excellence. Professional or practice-based doctoral students must carefully check individual disciplines for specific graduate program terminal doctoral research project requirements.

Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy