Once you, your supervisor and committee members determine the date and time preferred for your defense please provide the Doctoral Examination Form to the PhD program assistant at least nine to ten weeks prior to the defence date. Please make sure to include the CVs of three (3) potential External Examiners (must be external to the Joint Program) and the names and contact information of three (3) examiners who are external to the John Molson School of Business but within Concordia University.
The thesis defense is conducted before an examining committee, the chair of which is a faculty member from outside your area of specialization. The chair will manage the defense process. Generally the defense will proceed as follows:
Chair will introduce the student and provide any ground rules for the conduct of the session.
Student will make a 15-20 minute presentation (typically PowerPoint).
Supervisor will ask questions. Previously submitted questions from faculty will be addressed. The chair will then open up the discussion to other faculty members.
When the chair is satisfied that an adequate examination of the thesis has taken place, the chair will close the public defense and request that everyone except the thesis committee leave the room.
In the private session, the merits of the thesis will be discussed and a recommendation made:
Accept as submitted.
Accepted with minor modifications. Minor modifications are defined as corrections which can be made immediately to the satisfaction of the supervisor.
Accepted with major modifications. Major modifications are defined as corrections requiring further research, or structural changes, or other substantive revision. When a thesis is accepted with major modifications, a precise description of the modifications must be included in the examining committees report and a deadline set for the completion of the modifications.
The chair will advise the PhD Program Office of the decision.
Once your revisions have been made and approved by your Thesis Supervisor and Committee, your final copy should be submitted to Spectrum.
Your Thesis Supervisor will notify the PhD Program Office by email once you have completed any required revisions and have submitted your thesis on Spectrum. The signed Graduate Activity Report will then be submitted to the Office of the Registrar to process so that you will be able to graduate at the next convocation. Please take note that you will not receive a grade on your transcript for the Thesis. It will merely show ADMI 890 – Accepted or Fail.