The masters thesis and doctoral dissertation are written documents that describe the graduate student’s research. The subject of the thesis/dissertation is chosen by mutual agreement between the student and major adviser, and must be approved by the student’s Supervisory Committee. There is no fixed length for the thesis/dissertation, although the Supervisory Committee should provide guidance on format and content.
Masters theses should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Doctoral dissertations should demonstrate technical mastery of the student’s field and advance or modify current knowledge. Dissertations should treat new material, find new results, or draw new conclusions; or it should interpret old material in a new light. It is expected that the research contained in the thesis/dissertation will be worthy of publication in appropriate peer-reviewed journals. Students are expected to prepare the manuscript(s) for publication prior to, or soon after, completion of their graduate program.
All doctoral dissertations and master’s theses are submitted by the student for archiving upon final approval by the student’s committee. (“Dissertations” here also refers to DNP projects in Nursing and DMA documents in Music.) These works will be added to the UA Campus Repository and the national archive of dissertations and theses maintained by ProQuest/UMI. There are no fees charged for archiving.
In order to graduate in a given term, a student must submit the dissertation or thesis by the published deadline for the term. Note that the dissertation submission deadline typically falls before the end of the term. The student must have defended the dissertation or thesis and gained final committee approval before submitting it for archiving. If the committee requires further revisions, the student must request a change to their graduation term from the Graduate College.
All NAU theses and dissertations are published electronically through ProQuest. Through active partnerships with more than 700 universities, ProQuest disseminates and archives more than 90,000 new graduate works each year. These works are available through library subscription databases and for easy and convenient ordering.
The Northern Arizona University Graduate College has partnered with Cline Library, and all NAU theses and dissertations are also available in our Institutional Repository.
You are also encouraged to refer to the Thesis Requirements for a Master’s Degree page in the Graduate Catalog for more information regarding your thesis:
You are also encouraged to refer to the Dissertation Requirements for Doctoral Degrees page in the Graduate Catalog for more information regarding your dissertation:
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A college dissertation would be considered a scholarly work, but a dissertation is different from an article in ways that may be important to you.
To request a dissertation announcement, please fill the out Dissertation Announcement Request Form.
To request an invitation to attend a dissertation presentation via teleconference, please contact the College of Education’s graduate support staff. Please include the date and time of the presentation in your email.
Ph.D. students at NSU’s College of Computing and Engineering complete a dissertation as the major component of their degree program. The Dissertation Guide is a document that the faculty have maintained for many years to provide guidance on getting started, details on the process of moving through the dissertation milestones, rubrics faculty use to evaluate students throughout the dissertation process, and detailed instructions for formatting.
- The Dissertation Guide. for students who entered before fall 2014 is for students following the curriculum that requires two registrations of DXXX 898, Directed Research, before establishing candidacy.
- The Dissertation Guide. for students who entered beginning fall 2014 is for students following the curriculum that requires multiple registrations of DXXX 885, Doctoral Research, as well as an approved idea paper, to establish candidacy.
All thesis forms and documents can be found here .
All dissertation forms and documents can be found here .
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See the Graduate Student Calendar for important dates and deadlines concerning defense and submission.
Accessing Tennessee Tech’s theses/dissertations
Some theses and dissertations are in print in the library, and some are available online by following the directions below. If you have questions, contact Sharon Holderman ([email protected]).
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The Graduate College coordinates with all graduate programs to implement policies and procedures for both the Thesis and Dissertation. Final approval of all documents related to Thesis/Dissertation are made by The Graduate College. Final submission is completed using Digital Commons where the final version of the thesis or dissertation is submitted for publication. This step must be completed.