Thesis and Dissertation Information
Graduate students completing a thesis or dissertation as part of their degree program should check with their academic college for specific requirements. Oral defense of a thesis or dissertation must take place no later than the 10th class day of the quarter of expected graduation. Students are strongly advised to complete their defense in the prior quarter. In addition, all published deadlines for submission of a thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School and Library must be met for any given quarter.
The deadlines for thesis/dissertation review and approval at the college and Graduate School levels are provided at the link below (to be updated at the beginning of each academic year):
Doctoral students must also complete and submit a ProQuest Publication Agreement form when submitting the dissertation to the Prescott Library for binding. For details, visit their site.
Approved theses and dissertations are made available to the public both electronically and in hard copy format through the Library. For this reason, these documents are required to conform to certain strict formatting requirements. Students preparing a thesis or dissertation should consult the guidelines for formatting a thesis or dissertation. Some colleges have more specific guidelines in addition to the Graduate School thesis guidelines and students should consult with their college to ensure compliance.
A template for thesis and dissertation is available. Use of the template is not mandatory but if you use it correctly, a number of formatting issues will be automatically addressed. Instructions for using the template correctly will soon be provided. If you choose to use the template:
- Download this “read me” file first.
- Download the template by right-clicking on this link and save the template to your computer.
This is a .docx file. If you would like a true template file (i.e., a .dotx), please email email@example.com and request it.
We also have a LaTEX template that can be requested by email from firstname.lastname@example.org. This template is from 2013, and is distributed “as is” with no guarantee that it fully conforms to the guidelines.
Check if your document meets formatting requirements by using this checklist. Please note that the format used for references in the Bibliography section of your document is up to you and your advisor or your college. The screen shot shown in the checklist is for illustration only.
Students in the College of Education should review the guidelines at this link provided by the College.
If your document includes mathematical equations, the equation guide provided at this link may be useful.
The current binding fees (and ProQuest submission fees) can be found here.