Dissertation and Thesis Information

Note: All forms required for the submission of theses and dissertations are available on our Academic Forms page.

Important Notes

  • If your research involves human subjects, you must obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before beginning the process outlined below. Your IRB-C approval number must be included on the Thesis or Dissertation Proposal Form.
  • Consult the Guidelines for Dissertation and Thesis Writers before beginning your thesis or dissertation.
  • Download a Thesis/Dissertation template to assist with formatting your work (links to the template can be found in the "Submission Procedures" sections below).
  • All theses/dissertations are submitted electronically via the ETD ProQuest website. Instructions for use of the ProQuest website, along with the publisher's "Resources & Guidelines" documents can be found here.  Additional information on copyright, publishing options and other topics is available on Lauinger's Scholarly Communication website
  • Doctoral dissertation defenses are open to the public and the academic community and are listed on the Doctoral Defense calendar.
  • More information about the requirements for theses and dissertations can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

All master’s and doctoral students who are required or have opted to write a thesis or dissertation must follow the appropriate steps outlined below.

Submission Procedures: Master's Thesis

  1. Make sure you have an IRB approval number, if needed. Consult the Guidelines for Dissertation and Thesis Writers.
  2. File a Thesis Proposal This form should be submitted no later than the first semester of Thesis Research.
    • This form must be signed and approved by your advisor, committee, and Director of Graduate Studies.
    • Once the form is fully completed, submit it to the Office of Graduate Student Services.
  3. Once your proposal has been approved by your advisor, committee, and Director of Graduate Studies, you may proceed with writing your thesis.
  4. Before you begin writing, we recommend that you download and use one of our Thesis/Dissertation templates to ensure that your formatting is correct. Please see the download information at the bottom of this page.
  5. Some programs require master’s students to defend their theses, while others do not. Follow your program’s policies and procedures for defending and/or submitting your thesis.
  6. One week prior to your defense date, submit your Master's Thesis Reviewers Report signed by your committee and advisor.
  7. AFTER you have defended and/or submitted your thesis, submit your cover sheet with all the appropriate signatures to the Office of Graduate Student Services.
  8. Submit an Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Release Form to the Office of Graduate Student Services.
  9. Upload your thesis for formatting review by the Graduate School.
  10. Complete any edits assigned by the Graduate School.
    • These edits MUST be completed and submitted by the last day of the month in which you intend to graduate; otherwise, your thesis will not be approved and you will not be eligible to graduate  (see below).
    • If you plan to graduate in May 2016, the deadline to submit your thesis is April 25, 2016. All above steps must be completed and your thesis approved by the Graduate School by close of business on May 2, 2016.
    • If you plan to graduate in December 2016, the deadline to submit your dissertation is December 12, 2016. All above steps must be completed and your dissertation approved by the Graduate School by close of business on December 21, 2016.

Submission Procedures: Ph.D. Dissertation

  1. File a Dissertation Proposal. This form should be submitted during the first semester of Thesis Research. Make sure you have an IRB approval number, if needed. Consult the Guidelines for Dissertation and Thesis Writers.
    • This form must be signed and approved by your advisor, committee, and Director of Graduate Studies.
    • Once the form is fully completed, submit it to the Office of Graduate Student Services.
  2. Once your proposal has been approved by your advisor, committee, and Director of Graduate Studies, you may proceed with writing your dissertation.
  3. Before you begin writing, we recommend that you download and use one of our Thesis/Dissertation templates to ensure that your formatting is correct. Please see the download information at the bottom of this page.
  4. One week prior to your defense date, submit your Doctoral Dissertation Reviewers Report, signed by your committee and advisor.
  5. Follow your program’s policies and procedures for defending your dissertation
  6. AFTER you have defended and completed any other steps required by your program, submit your cover sheet with all the appropriate signatures to the Office of Graduate Student Services.
  7. Submit an Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Release Form to the Office of Graduate Student Services.
  8. Upload your dissertation for formatting review by the Graduate School.
  9. Complete any edits assigned by the Graduate School.
    • These edits MUST be completed by the last day of the month in which you intend to graduate; otherwise your dissertation will not be accepted and you will not be eligible to graduate (see below).
    • If you plan to graduate in May 2016, the deadline to submit your dissertation is April 25, 2016. All above steps must be completed and your dissertation approved by the Graduate School by close of business on May 2, 2016
    • If you plan to graduate in December 2016, the deadline to submit your dissertation is December 12, 2016. All above steps must be completed and your dissertation approved by the Graduate School by close of business on December 21, 2016.
  10. Submit your "Survey of Earned Doctorates"  form online at: https://sed.norc.org/survey.  Enter your name, graduation date, institution and email to register for the survey and go directly into the survey to fill it out. You will also get an email with a PIN and Password in case they don’t want to finish the survey in one session.

 

DOWNLOADING THE THESIS / DISSERTATION TEMPLATE  

   (for Masters and Ph.D. candidates)

We recommend that you download the Thesis/Dissertation Template using Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome browsers.  There are some reported issues for students trying to download using Internet Explorer.  The download links are shown below:

Windows PC:  The template for MS-Word for Windows is available at this link:  Thesis/Dissertation Template-PC

Mac:  

The thesis template for Word for Mac is available at: Thesis Template-MAC

The doctoral template for Word for Mac is available at Dissertation Template-MAC

LaTeX:  If you use the LaTeX markup language, you can download a ZIP file folder containing several template and style documents, as well as an extensive tutorial manual, at this link: Thesis/Dissertation Template-LATEX

LaTeX Users Please Note:  these LaTeX template materials are provided for the convenience of those who are already proficient in the use of LaTeX.  Neither the Graduate School nor the faculty who helped develop this template are able to provide support or training in the use of this specialty software.