U. Title Defense

Upon enrollment in Thesis/Dissertation Writing 1, the student is expected to defend his title and his proposal.

U.1. Procedures in Conducting Title Defenses

  1. Title defense may be done only between the 3rd Monday of June and the last Thursday of January every school year and will resume in April until the end of the summer term.
  2. Qualified students secure the Application Form for defense from the CGS secretary.
  3. Students accomplish and submit the application forms along with five (5) copies of the manuscript for the masters and six (6) copies for the doctoral program 5 working days before the defense.
  4. The CGS Director makes an inventory of the panel members who hold a maximum of five (5) advisees and seven (7) memberships only per faculty in a year.
  5. The CGS Advisory Committee recommends the composition of the panel: three (3) invitees for Masters, four (4) for Doctoral, a methodologist and the tentative date of defense to the Graduate Council for final approval.
  6. The secretary checks the availability of the panel members while the CGS Director confirms the schedule of the defense by giving them appointment slips and the manuscripts.
  7. The secretary posts the names of the students and their defense schedules as approved by the Graduate Council.
  8. During the defense, the CGS Director or his representative chairs the proceedings.
  9. The presentation and the question and answer portion take 30 minutes only.
  10. After the defense, the panel members deliberate for 20 minutes.
  11. After the deliberation, the chair calls the student and announces the approved title, the adviser and the panel members.

U.2. Procedures for Conducting Proposal Defenses

The proposal defense may be done between the 3rd Monday of June and the last Thursday of January only every school year and will resume in April until the end of the summer term.

  1. Qualified students secure the application form for defense from the secretary.

Students accomplish and submit the application form and five (5) copies and six (6) copies of the manuscripts for the master’s and doctoral program, respectively, five (5) working days before the defense.

  1. The Graduate Council reconfirms the composition of the panel and sets the tentative date of defense.
  2. The secretary checks the availability of the panel members and then the CGS Director confirms the schedule by giving them appointment slips and the manuscript.
  3. The secretary posts the names of the students and the proposal defense schedule upon approval by the Graduate Council.
  4. During the defense, the CGS Director or his representative chairs the programmed proceedings.
  5. The presentation lasts 10-15 minutes. The question and answer takes 30  minutes only for thesis proposal and 45 minutes for dissertation proposal.
  6. After the defense, the student is requested to leave the defense room for the executive session of the panel members together with the adviser.
  7. After the executive session, the panel members deliberate on the grade of the student.
  8. The chair calls for the student and the adviser and announces the grade as well as the suggestions.

U.3. Policy on Thesis/Dissertation Proposal Re-defense

The thesis/dissertation proposal defense is intended to evaluate the ability of the student to:

  1. identify important unanswered questions in various disciplines;
  2. formulate scientific hypotheses of the developed methods to solve the problems;
  3. design and interpret scientific findings; and
  4. write clearly and persuasively.

Students prepare a written Thesis/Dissertation proposal outlining the research they will conduct during their graduate work and defend their proposal in an oral examination. The proposal should demonstrate understanding of the background, rationale, design, and methods underlying the proposed study and possible outcomes.

If the student fails in the Thesis/Dissertation proposal defense:

  1. He may request for the second and last defense;
  2. The repeated defense is to take place within one year from the date of the original defense;
  3. Process application form again;
  4. The grade will either be PASSED OR FAILED.
  5. Re-defense will disqualify him for honors.