DMiss students are expected to be present on campus for the defense of their Contextualized Applied Research Dissertation (CARD). Only in extenuating circumstances, and in close consultation with their professor, should a student be allowed to defend their dissertation from afar via video conference. In such cases, the student will be fully responsible for ensuring successful participation in the defense.
Given that the DMiss is a collaborative program done in the midst of a cohort community, with peer critiques of the dissertation being integral to the process, students should be present for DMiss dissertation defenses.
90 Day Policy
Mentors will review dissertations prior to the defense to determine if a student is ready to defend by the cohort defense date (determined by the cohort).
In cases where the student is not ready to defend, the time will become a "consultation" for that student. The student will be given 90 days post consultation to submit a defendable dissertation. The student will also be required to register and pay the fee for a continuation term. Once the dissertation is deemed defensible, the Mentor will work with the student to determine a suitable date to defend their dissertation.
At the conclusion of the committee decision after the defense, candidates who successfully defend their dissertations may be asked to make major or minor revisions before receiving final approval. These candidates will be given 90 days post defense to submit their final, edited dissertation to their dissertation Mentor for final clearance. These students will not be required to register for continuation when they meet the 90-day deadline.
Candidates who are unsuccessful in defense of their dissertations will discuss with their committee the best way to proceed.
Editing of the dissertation must be completed within the 90-day deadline. All DMiss students are required to employ professional editing services after successful defense of their dissertation and after the dissertation Mentor approves all final, required changes. Students must use an editor from the "Approved DMiss Dissertation Editor LIst" which can be obtained from the DMiss Coordinator.
Degree Completion Policy
There is a seven-year limit for degree completion for the DMiss Program.
In order to ensure that a degree, when granted, represents education that is reasonably focused (not acquired a little at a time over an unreasonably long period of time) and current, requirements for a degree must normally represent credit earned within a certain period of time. For the Doctor of Missiology, this period has been set at seven (7) years.