Thesis & Dissertation
Understanding Deadlines and Requirements
The final requirement in earning a graduate degree is the completion and defense of the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. Understanding the steps and associated deadlines in the thesis/dissertation submission and degree conferral process is necessary to establish a successful plan and realistic timeframe.
2019 Thesis/Dissertation Submission Deadlines:
- For May 26, 2019 conferral, deadline is May 10.
- For August 19, 2019 conferral, deadline is August 9.
- For December 31, 2019 conferral, deadline is December 1.
See our Planning Timeline for more detailed information.
Writing Your Thesis/Dissertation
The Graduate School offers several writing resources to help you get started, meet your goals, and complete your thesis/dissertation on time.
Before You Begin:
- Guide to Writing Your Thesis/Dissertation
- Fields Permitting the Use of Papers Option
- Required Sections, Guidelines, and Suggestions
- Formatting Requirements
- Fair Use, Copyright, Patent, and Publishing Options
Resources for Writing:
Resources for Completion:
Scheduling and Taking Your Final Exam
Once you have submitted your draft thesis/dissertation to your committee you are ready to defend. This involves scheduling and taking your final exam (“B” Exam), an oral exam/dissertation defense for Ph.D. candidates, or (“M” Exam), an oral exam/thesis defense for Master’s candidates.
Receiving Committee Approval
Once you have submitted your final thesis/dissertation to your committee for review and approval you are ready to obtain formal committee approval. This quick and simple step is done through an online system. You will be emailed a Thesis/Approval document once all members have approved your thesis/dissertation.
Submitting Your Thesis/Dissertation
The Graduate School uses a service called ProQuest to administer the electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) submission process. Before initiating the submission process, students are required to obtain committee approval and complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates listed in Step 4.