COVID-19 Update: Multiple pieces of the thesis submission process have been updated to accommodate remote defenses and submission for the 2020-2021 academic year. If you have questions, please reach out to

Academics | Candidacy & Defense

The General Announcements states, "All oral thesis defenses must take place on the Rice University campus with the candidate and all thesis committee members in physical attendance." The requirement that thesis defenses must take place in-person is suspended through August 27, 2021. Students should register their defenses with the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies via as before and must include the zoom link for the defense below the abstract.

While virtual defenses are permitted without additional permissions, students may also plan for an in-person defense, following campus COVID protocols as posted at

For tips on how to approach an online thesis defense, click here.

Updated April 2021