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Thesis and Dissertation Center

Overview

Theses and dissertations must follow specific guidelines and formatting set by the Graduate School. Please click the appropriate tab on the left to get a step-by-step guide to completing your research (Students) or assisting your student through the process (Faculty).
 
Deadlines
 
Deadlines will vary each semester, so please be sure to check the Graduate School Calendar for more information. It is the student’s responsibility to meet all established deadlines. Work with the chair of your thesis/dissertation committee as you near these deadlines to ensure their availability for defending, reviewing, and approving your manuscript. Deadlines are STRICTLY enforced!
 
Forms
 
All forms necessary for the thesis or dissertation process can be found below. Although most of these forms are initiated by the committee chair or program director, the student is responsible for ensuring that forms are filed in a timely manner. Please check your step-by-step guide first to find out which forms you need, when to submit them, etc.

  • Thesis (read more)
    • Appointment of Thesis Committee: Used to nominate members of the student's thesis committee. The first AND second page must be completed by the thesis chair and signed by the college dean before sending to GradForms@uttyler.edu for Graduate School Dean approval. Committee membership must be approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.
       
    • Change of Thesis Committee: Used to change membership of an existing committee. Committee membership must be approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.

      ** Before submitting your appointment of committee form, please browse our List of Graduate Faculty Membership to ensure your committee members are "Graduate Research Faculty," "Provisional Graduate Research Faculty," or "Visiting Graduate Research Faculty." If your chosen faculty do not hold one of these titles, please email gradforms@uttyler.edu for more information.
     
  • Dissertation (read more)
    • Appointment of Dissertation Committee: Used to nominate members of the student's thesis/dissertation committee. The form must be completed by the doctoral program coordinator and signed by the department chair before sending to GradForms@uttyler.edu for Graduate School Dean approval. Committee membership must be approved by the Dean of The Graduate School. Students should contact individuals to serve on their committee, and email the names of those who agree to serve to the department chair. The department chair will confirm that all named members have agreed to serve on the committee. Be sure to supply a CV for any Visiting Members.

      ** Before submitting your appointment of committee form, please browse our List of Graduate Faculty Membership to ensure your committee members are "Graduate Research Faculty," "Provisional Graduate Research Faculty," or "Visiting Graduate Research Faculty." If your chosen faculty do not hold one of these titles, please email gradforms@uttyler.edu  for more information.

    • Change of Dissertation Committee: Used to change membership of an existing committee. Committee membership must be approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.

      ** Before submitting your appointment of committee form, please browse our List of Graduate Faculty Membership to ensure your committee members are "Graduate Research Faculty," "Provisional Graduate Research Faculty," or "Visiting Graduate Research Faculty." If your chosen faculty do not hold one of these titles, please email gradforms@uttyler.edu for more information.
       
    • Proficiency Exam Report: Used to report the results of exams to The Graduate School and to certify advancement to candidacy.
       
    • Request to Schedule Oral Defense: Used to set the date for the Oral Defense and select a representative of the Graduate Faculty to attend the Oral Defense. Must be submitted to The Graduate School along with a complete draft of the dissertation (electronic version, not hard copy) no later than 10 working days before the proposed date of the Oral Defense. Defenses must be scheduled at least one month prior to graduation.
       
    • Final Oral Defense Report: This form certifies that the student has successfully defended an acceptable dissertation. Form must be submitted to The Graduate School within 5 working days of the completion of the final Oral Defense.
       
    • Multi-Paper Format and Style Form: For Nursing PhD students only - substitute the Electronic Thesis Submission Form for page 3 of this form. You will receive the Electronic Submission Form once your manuscript is approved. While the Graduate School strongly encourages publication of research results, students are reminded that preparation of a dissertation and preparation of a manuscript for publication are two separate operations. Certain mechanical stipulations for submitting manuscript copy to a publisher may differ from those specified by the Graduate School and may not be acceptable. The Graduate School requires that formatting must remain consistent in all chapters, since the dissertation submitted to The Graduate School is considered one manuscript. (even for multiple article theses/dissertations). Students may need to adjust each chapter’s formatting to meet individual journal publication formatting requirements.
       
    • Dissertation/Scholarly Project Signature Page
       - Nursing PhD Dissertation Manuscript Signature Page: For Nursing PhD students only. If you have four committee members (including the committee chair), please use this form instead. Instructions can be found here.
       - Nursing DNP Scholarly Project Signature Page: For Nursing DNP students only.
       - Human Resource Development Dissertation Manuscript Signature Page: For HRD PhD students only. Instructions can be found here.
       
    • Request for Extension: Used to request an extension of graduation date. An extension will be granted for no more than two consecutive semesters (including summer) at a time.
       
    • Request for Leave of Absence: Graduate Students may request a leave of absence for up to 2 consecutive semesters for any of the following reasons: childbearing, adoption, illness, critical care of a child, parent, spouse or sibling. A leave of absence stops the time-to-degree clock.

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