The candidate is expected to notify his or her supervisor and the Chair of English at least two weeks in advance of the date on which he or she intends to submit the completed dissertation. The candidate is then expected to submit six copies of the completed dissertation to the department at least six weeks in advance of the intended date of examination.

The dissertation must be defended successfully at an oral examination. The doctoral dissertation will be examined by a board consisting of at least five members, including the dissertation supervisor, the English Chair, an examiner from a department other than English, the members of the candidate’s advisory committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (or the Dean’s delegate), and an external examiner who is a recognized authority on the subject of the dissertation. The Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research will announce the constitution of the examining board; both it and the dissertation examination process are defined by guidelines, principles, and practices prescribed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.