Defense Guidelines for PiN Students
Timeline & Logistics
Forming your Exam Committee
After meeting with the DMS dissertation coordinator, students form a defense exam committee in consultation with their DAC, the program director, and their thesis advisor, which should comprise three examiners, one alternate examiner, and an exam committee chairman. All examiners must hold an assistant professorship or higher academic position. PiN recommends that one examiner be from outside Harvard, and DMS requires that no more than one examiner may have served on a student's DAC. Students must request approval from the PiN director and the DMS Dean before scheduling their defense or reaching out to prospective examiners.