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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 UMI-ETD website. Instructions for use of this website, along with the publisher's "Resources & Guidelines" documents can be found here.
  • Doctoral dissertation defenses are open to 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.

    • The template for Microsoft Word is available at this link: Thesis/Dissertation Template. ***Note: this file may not download properly through Internet Explorer. If you experience difficulty downloading the file, try using an alternate browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
       
    • 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. Please note:  these 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.

  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. One week prior to your defense date, submit your Master's Thesis Reviewers Report signed by your committee and advisor.
  6. 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.
  7. Submit an Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Release Form to the Office of Graduate Student Services.
  8. Upload your thesis for formatting review by the Graduate School.
  9. 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.*
  • If you plan to graduate in December 2014, the deadline to submit your thesis is December 16, 2014. All above steps must be completed and your thesis approved by the Graduate School by close of business on December 23, 2014.

  • If you plan to graduate in May 2015, the deadline to submit your thesis is April 24, 2015All above steps must be completed and your thesis approved by the Graduate School by close of business on May 1, 2015.

 

Submission Procedures: Ph.D. Dissertation

  1. Make sure you have an IRB approval number, if needed. Consult the Guidelines for Dissertation and Thesis Writers. File a Dissertation Proposal. This form should be submitted during 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.
  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.

    • The template for Microsoft Word is available at this link: Thesis/Dissertation Template. ***Note: this file may not download properly through Internet Explorer. If you experience difficulty downloading the file, try using an alternate browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
       
    • 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. Please note: these 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 software.

  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 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.*
       
    • If you plan to graduate in December 2014, the deadline to submit your dissertation is December 16, 2014. All above steps must be completed and your dissertation approved by the Graduate School by close of business on December 23, 2014.

    • If you plan to graduate in May 2015, the deadline to submit your dissertation is April 24, 2015All above steps must be completed and your dissertation approved by the Graduate School by close of business on May 1, 2015.
       
  10. Submit your Survey of Earned Doctorates form to the Office of Graduate Student Services. If you prefer, you can fill out this form online at: https://survey.norc.org/doctorate

 

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