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Preparing for a Master's Defense

A Guide for Graduate Students Preparing for a Master's Defense in Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

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  1. Before Defense
    1. Prepare for the Defense
    2. Selecting a Defense Date
    3. International Students and Work Visas
    4. Registration Categories for Defense
    5. Thesis Writing and Guidelines
    6. Rooms for Your Defense
    7. Printing and Binding Your Thesis for Defense
    8. Registering Your Thesis
  2. The Defense
    1. Know the Rituals
    2. Guidelines for Presentations
      1. Use PowerPoint
      2. Public Lecture
      3. Audience
      4. Dress Professionally
      5. Items to Bring to the Defense
      6. The Closed Examination
      7. Address Questions with Confidence
      8. Outcomes
  3. After the Defense
    1. Student Status
    2. Final Corrected Copies of the Thesis
    3. Department/Program Requirements Prior to Termination of Student Status
    4. Publishing Your Final Thesis
    5. Binding Your Final Thesis
    6. Date of Degree Completion
    7. Date of Degree Conferral
    8. Commencement
    9. Proof of Completion
    10. Student Loans
    11. Health Insurance
    12. UR Email Address
    13. Stay in Touch