Planning to Graduate

The submission of the Doctoral dissertation or Master's capstone requirement is the final step in the program leading to the award of your degree.  The manuscript is a scholarly statement of the results of a substantial period of research and preparation.  Dissertations and theses will be made available for public use in McHenry Library, microfilmed for archival preservation, and in the case of Doctoral dissertations, will be published by UMI Dissertation Publishing/ ProQuest Information and Learning.

 

Committee Requirements

 

 

Applying to Graduate

 

All candidates for a degree must submit an Application for Doctor of Philosophy Degree or Application for Master's Degree to Graduate Studies by the date stated in the Academic and Administrative Calendar for the quarter you wish to receive the degree.  YOU are responsible for observing the filing dates.  Failure to declare candidacy by the deadline means that you cannot be considered a candidate until the next term.

*The PhD Application requires a number of signatures so please plan ahead.

 

Registration Requirement

 

A student is required to be registered or on Filing Fee Status, whichever is applicable, during the quarter in which the degree is conferred.  Students should consult the department advisor to determine which option fits their situation.

 

Filing your MS Project, MS Thesis, or Dissertation

 

MS Project

Submit the following to your program's graduate advisor by the deadline listed in the Academic Calendar -

  • a pdf copy of the signed title page (sample title page)
  • a pdf copy of the project report

There are no formal guidelines for the project report. Project formatting is at the discretion of your MS project reading committee.  The MS project is NOT submitted to the Graduate Division.

 

MS Thesis

Students completing a thesis must submit documents to both the Graduate Division and to their program's graduate advisor. Those documents are listed below:

  1. Submit the following to your program's graduate advisor by the deadline listed in the Academic Calendar -
    • a pdf copy of the signed title page of your thesis (a sample title page can be found in the thesis/dissertation guidelines - last page)
    • an approved pdf copy of the thesis
  2. Submit the following to the Graduate Division by the deadline indicated in the Academic Calendar -
    • the original signed title page of the thesis. Please keep a copy of this document for your records.
    • one approved pdf copy of the thesis should be submitted through the ProQuest dissertation site.

Formatting guidelines for a master's thesis can be found on the Graduate Division's website.

 

Dissertation

Students completing a dissertation must submit documents to both the Graduate Division and to their program's graduate advisor. Those documents are listed below:

  1. Submit the following to your program's graduate advisor by the deadline listed in the Academic Calendar -
    • a pdf copy of the signed title page of your dissertation (a sample title page can be found in the thesis/dissertation guidelines - last page)
    • an approved pdf copy of the dissertation
  2. Submit the following to the Graduate Division by the deadline indicated in the Academic Calendar -
    • the original signed title page of the dissertation. Please keep a copy of this document for your records.
    • one approved pdf copy of the dissertation should be submitted through the ProQuest dissertation site.

Formatting guidelines for a dissertation can be found on the Graduate Division's website.

 

YOU are responsible for observing the filing dates and for preparing the project/thesis/dissertation in the proper format.