Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation
As soon as possible after the appointment of their advisory committee, and before beginning the actual preparation of their thesis or dissertation, students should submit to the committee a proposal for their thesis or dissertation. This prospectus should indicate (1) the purpose of the investigation, (2) its scope, (3) its importance, and (4) its scholarly method. The committee members may act on the prospectus, at the discretion of the thesis advisor, either individually or in group conference.
Preparing the Manuscript
Instructions regarding the preparation of manuscripts may be obtained from the Graduate School. It is the responsibility of the student to comply in every respect with the thesis and dissertation regulations established by the Graduate School.
Processing the Thesis or Dissertation
Not later than one week before their final oral examination, candidates must make available enough copies of their thesis or dissertation so that each member of their examining committee will have an opportunity to read it prior to the examination.
Master of Arts - At least four copies of the final draft of the thesis must be signed by the thesis advisor and the Department Chair before binding. (The thesis advisor and the departmental head have the right to refuse to sign bound theses.)
Doctor of Philosophy - The dissertation is bound after the final oral examination has been passed and the approved dissertation signed by the dissertation committee. Two unbound copies must be deposited in the Graduate Office, the third and fourth copies bound are kept by the department. Before qualifying for the degree, the candidate must also arrange with the Graduate Office for other graduation requirements. Certification that the student has successfully completed his/her final oral examination will normally not be forwarded to the Graduate Office until two copies of the bound dissertation have been deposited with the department.