Thesis and Dissertation Information
Graduate students pursuing a master's degree may select a thesis, non-thesis, or practicum track, as appropriate, for developing a Plan of Study. Some programs offer course-work only curriculums. Graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree complete intensive individual study and original research under the close supervision of appropriate graduate faculty. Students should consult with their college for specific degree requirements. During the research/practicum phase of the program, graduate students must remain continuously enrolled until degree completion. Students requiring a faculty member's time and assistance, laboratory facilities, library services, etc., while engaged in research or practicum, or preparing for or taking examinations must register for a minimum of 3 hours of graduate credit in the subject associated with the required activity-research, practicum, or examinations. Students are expected to make continuous satisfactory progress while pursuing the master's or doctoral degree.
Students should monitor their progress closely and ensure that all submission deadline dates are met in order to graduate during that quarter. Doctoral students must also complete and submit a PROQUEST dissertation form when submitting the dissertation to the Prescott Library for binding. Once at the website, you will be prompted to enter a username: dissertations and password: publish to access and complete the form. Remember to sign the form before submitting it to the Library.
Guidelines for formatting a thesis or dissertation are available on the Graduate School website. Some colleges have more specific guidelines in addition to the Graduate School thesis guidelines and students should consult with their college to ensure compliance. The College of Engineering & Science has developed Equation Guidelines to assist Engineering graduate students in formatting equations correctly in a thesis or dissertation.