Oral exams

Once you've finished writing your thesis or dissertation and it’s been approved by your supervisory committee, it’s time for your oral examination.

Our oral exam guidelines outline your path from request to examination, walking you through the required forms and expenses, as well as guidelines for examination by audio or video.

Your supervisory committee, an External Examiner and department Chair will attend your examination.

The External Examiner must be chosen by your supervisor. In the case of PhD oral exams, they must also be approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Review the Guidelines for the Appointment of External Examiners of Doctoral Candidates.

If you’re a doctoral student, your supervisor must complete a confirmation of arms-length status form prior to your examination. If you have two co-supervisors, they must each complete a copy of the form.

You must also submit a copy of the thesis approval form to your supervisor at the time of your examination.