AIU Dissertation Defense

AIU Dissertation Defense

Dissertation Defense

Dissertation & Thesis Defense: Research Component of the AIU Program

At AIU students present live before a panel their findings, conclusions, and the application of their research/project towards solving real world problems in a sustainable way that respects human rights. 

The Dissertation Defense is done at the Doctoral level however a similar process is conducted at the Bachelor and Masters level for the Thesis Defense. In general, the Bachelor level demonstrates a general knowledge of the subject, the Masters a deeper and more focused mastery of the subject, and the Doctorate level should contribute something novel to the field or area of study. 

The most important factor in the AIU Thesis or Dissertation Defense is for the student to clearly demonstrate how he/she has or plans to implement their findings to solve a problem or improve something not just in theory but in the real world.

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Prior to scheduling the event, students will have already submitted and received passing grades for their Final Project which is the Dissertation or Thesis project (depending on degree level). Instructions and guidelines will be sent ahead of time to the student as well as a list of available time slots to choose from. The event is conducted online via Zoom and recorded. Typically, 3 AIU members are present to view/hear the defense and will present the student with a series of questions. The questions are designed to gauge the student’s mastery and familiarity with the subject and related subject/applications of the research materials. Questions also seek to challenge observations, conclusions, and applications of the research presented by the student.

A final assessment of the Defense will be issued within 1 week. The assessment will indicate if the Defense was either satisfactory or incomplete. In case the assessment is incomplete the necessary requirements for completion will be sent to the student which may include providing supporting materials, research, or evidence to support observations, the application of findings, and/or conclusions.

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