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Microbial Biology Final Ph.D. and M.S. Defense Procedure

All required material must be submitted to the Graduate Program Director (GPD) Dr. Gerben Zylstra at least 5 days before the following School of Graduate Studies deadlines:

  • October 1, 2023, for an October (2023) dated degree (due to GPD by Monday 9/25/23)
  • January 6, 2024, for a January (2024) dated degree (due to GPD by Monday 1/1/24)
  • April 3, 2024, for a May (2024) dated degree (due to GPD by Monday 3/25/24)
  • October 1, 2024, for an October (2024) dated degree (due to GPD by Monday 9/23/24)

Important information for applying for your M.S. or Ph.D. degree is at This web page lists all the requirements for the degree (be sure to scroll down the web page).

Note that you must have your defense and submit all the paperwork (including your final thesis) by the deadline above. It is very important to make sure that you obtain all the required signatures before the deadline! Your committee must sign and the GPD Dr. Zylstra must sign the Defense Form before the deadline. All required materials will be emailed to SGS by the GPD before the final deadline so it is important to get all the required documents to him well before the deadline.

Specific instructions for Microbial Biology Graduate Program defenses can be found on these pages:

Ph.D. Defense Procedure

M.S. Thesis Defense Procedure

M.S. Nonthesis Defense Procedure