The PhD thesis examination culminates the candidate's research program. It exposes the candidate's work to scholarly criticism by members of the University, and gives the student the opportunity to defend it.
Detailed regulations concerning the submission, defense and approval of the thesis, as well as guidelines for selecting the External Examiner are available from the Faculty of Mathematics Graduate Office web site.
Before selecting a proposed External Examiner, the supervisor should consult the university's criteria for an External Examiner. Before the candidate's supervisor contacts a proposed External Examiner, the selection must be pre-approved by emailing both the School's Director of Graduate Studies and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Mathematics and providing a detailed CV or publications list.
The Internal-External examiner is internal to the university and external to the candidate's home department. Cross appointed faculty to the School of Computer Science can be considered for the Internal-External examiner.
The defense committee
The defense committee is normally made up of the supervisor (and co-supervisor) and two faculty members from the School of Computer Science, or faculty members cross appointed to the School from other University of Waterloo departments. The Internal-External Examiner and the External Examiner complete the committee. Normally at least two members of the committee will be regular faculty members in SCS. The Director of Graduate Studies of SCS must approve the committee. The Faculty Associate Dean of Graduate Studies will also appoint a Chair to oversee the defense. The School's requirements with regard to the committee may differ from the Faculty of Mathematics requirements.
Arranging a PhD defense
Candidates are required to submit paperwork to have the defense committee approved no later than 7 weeks prior to the defense date or sooner. The thesis must be submitted for display in the Mathematics Graduate Office a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the defense date.
Thesis formatting review and deposit
The thesis regulations must be followed and the formatting approved before the thesis can be accepted for final deposit. Candidates are advised to carefully review the formatting requirements before submitting the thesis for formatting review through UWSpace.