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The faculty believes that communication and dissemination is a critical aspect of the research process. The student will have two options available for the dissertation. The first option will consist of three articles that are accepted for publication. Publication must be in journals or proceedings, which are both, peer reviewed and indexed for academic retrieval. The three papers are combined with an introduction and summary and bound as a dissertation. The second option requires the student to write a monograph or dissertation. The monograph will review the literature, research approaches and options, the data design and gathering processes. The findings and data will be discussed in the context of the published literature. The monograph will be bound.

The dissertation must be presented at an oral defense that is open to the public. All research papers, theses, and dissertations authored by degree candidates are available to interested members of the general public upon request. After the presentation, the students’ advising committee votes to pass or fail the student. If the student passes and all degree requirements have been met, the advising committee makes its recommendations to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs whether to award the degree.

Please use the template below to prepare for your dissertation.

Procedures for submitting your dissertation
SBMI dissertation template - monograph option (doc)
SBMI dissertation template - 3-article option (doc)
SBMI dissertation template guideline (doc)
Article: The organization and content of informatics doctoral dissertations, Edward H. Shortliffe, June 23, 2016