The last evaluative step in earning your degree is the final examination of your research paper, which should be guided after a publishable scholarly journal article. The defense is an open meeting where your research findings are presented and your examining committee members have the opportunity to ask questions about your research findings, assess your mastery of key disciplinary knowledge, and forward a pass/fail recommendation.
You will work with your committee chair/advisor to determine when you are ready to defend. Each member of the examining committee should receive a final copy of your project paper at least three weeks before the date of the final oral examination. The defense meeting needs to take place prior to the last week of classes that semester. Three committee members must concur that the student has satisfactorily completed the examination. Students need to fill out the graduate school Form 7, get the appropriate signatures at the defense and from the department, and submit the form to the graduate school.
See the HDFS MS website for links to the rubrics used for the proposal and final defense/paper.