Note: You do not need to be registered in order to participate. We require you to begin these Pre-General Field Updates ahead of starting the General Field. Do not wait until the first day of the semester.
- Attend the Exam-Dissertation Sequence (EDS) Onboarding session. Refer to our Happening Now page for the upcoming dates.
- Become familiar with the Forms associated with the Exam-Dissertation Sequence (EDS).
- You need to fill out a form in order to register for each seminar and you need a separate form for each examination
- Indicate your timeline to begin the sequence and maintain your roster entry throughout the EDS
- Schedule a brief advising session with Dr. Francis
- Send Dr. Francis a copy of your most recent literature review from a regular course
Admin Updates with a prefix of 0
Follow the prompts in each admin update with a prefix of 0
|Admin Updates||Action Item(s)|
(specific instructions are found within each admin update)
|0.0 Exam-Dissertation Resources see also Process Resources||Review the linked resources|
|0.1 Introduction to the Exam-Dissertation Sequence see also our EDS Overview PDF||Comment: Review the linked resources and share any that were particularly useful|
Comment: Share additional resources with your peers
|0.3 On the Work of a Dissertation, and Scholarly Work Generally||Comment: Share something you have heard about the challenges or suggestions regarding the traditional dissertation experience|
|0.4 Looking Ahead: Dissertation Genres and Methodologies|
|0.4 The Formal Peer Review Process see also Work Submission and Review Process||Comment: Share tips and excerpts of effective peer reviews as well as your perception of the peer review process|
|0.5 Dissertation Genres – Looking Ahead|
|0.6 Research Methodologies – Looking Ahead|
|0.7 The Classic Five Chapter Dissertation – Looking Ahead|
|0.8 Reuse of Previous Work|
The Exam-Dissertation Sequence (EDS) involves a series of seminars and incremental and cumulative milestones to help you build towards your final dissertation. Each seminar has one or more milestones.
These milestones serve a dual purpose. The primary purpose is to achieve your qualifying and preliminary examinations. Once you pass your examinations, you can adjust the work to repurpose it to serve as chapters in your dissertation. Learn more about each milestone by referring to the related web page and admin updates
For each milestone, we require that you follow the Graduate College’s approved format and indicate placeholders for anything that you have not yet worked on.
- Chapter 2: Literature Review
- General Field Literature Review (temporarily Chapter 2.1)
- Special Field Literature Review (temporarily Chapter 2.2)
- Chapter 2 Dissertation Literature Review (a repurposed, streamlined literature review based on your General and Special field literature reviews)
- Chapter 3: Theory and Methodology
- Chapter 3 Part 1: Theoretical Foundation and Research Questions
- Chapter 3 Part 2: Methodology Design
- Chapter 3 Part 3: Methodology Implementation
- Preliminary Examination
- Preliminary Exam Manuscript: Chapters 1 to 3 (Introduction, Literature Review, and Theory and Methodology), References, and Appendix
- Preliminary Exam Presentation
- Final Examination
- Final Exam Manuscript: Chapters 1 to 5, References, and Appendix
Dissertation Formatting Tip
Become familiar with the Graduate College’s approved dissertation format. While you will use CGScholar to go through the peer review process, all work should be submitted to advisors and committee members in the approved dissertation format with placeholders. See also our Dissertation Structure and Formatting FAQs.
Key Exam-Dissertation Sequence Resources