University of Wisconsin–Madison

Finishing Your Doctorate

The Graduate School has a very useful webpage that discusses the steps to completing your doctorate, including deadlines, details, and instructions about formatting and finishing your dissertation.

A few notes about these pages:

  • Don’t forget to enroll in the semester (fall, spring or summer) in which you intend to complete your degree!
  • Don’t forget to request your warrant at least 3 weeks before your defense. Work with the Graduate Program Director to make this request.
  • When “department style requirements” are referred to, consult with your advisor or use the AAG format.
  • We recommend that you deposit your dissertation electronically. In addition, the Geography Department will require a printed copy and an electronic file of your thesis.

Exit Interview – All graduating students are expected to have an exit interview with the Graduate Program Director. The purpose of the interview is for us to get some feedback from you on the effectiveness of our graduate program.

Thesis Defense – You should plan ahead for the defense to give committee members ample time to read your dissertation. You must check with the Graduate Program Director three weeks before your scheduled defense to be sure that you have all of the official paperwork done (such as requesting the warrant for the defense). See the back of the degree plan form for details.