(Prerequisite, LI 947.) Students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of dissertation credit and enroll in at least three credits each semester until the dissertation is completed or until eight years after admission to the doctoral program has expired. Dissertations are expected to contribute new knowledge to the field through quality research, and are supervised by a committee of at least three qualified members of the graduate faculty, one of whom must be from outside the School of Library and Information Management and may be from outside the university. Upon completion of the dissertation, all students defend their research during an oral examination conducted and evaluated by the dissertation committee and open to the public.