Students who elect to complete a graduate thesis or are required to do a graduate thesis or doctoral dissertation will find the process is a major undertaking in their academic journey. Graduate students will invest significant time and energy in preparing primary and secondary research that will add to the body of knowledge of their fields of study producing a project of significant original material. Instructors and administrators will review at several stages in order to ensure that the students have proven their ability to succeed in an academically challenging situation of this scope.
The general guidelines are used by all students regardless of their program of study. However, students should consult their degree requirements for program specific requirements. Some examples of these programs and/or campus accreditation links are listed below along with student resources to ensure student success.
Upon final deposit in the Institutional Repository (IR), a thesis/dissertation becomes part of the student’s official academic record. No changes may be made to the thesis or dissertation after it has been approved by the School of Graduate Studies.
Electronic graduate theses and dissertations from Utah State University.
These guidelines provide students at Vanderbilt University with essential information about how to prepare and submit theses and dissertations in a format acceptable to the Graduate School. You can either explore the guidelines by topic below or review the complete Format Guidelines document.
The Vanderbilt Libraries have recently implemented VIREO, an Electronic Thesis & Dissertation review and submission system for the Graduate School. The Graduate School requires electronic submission of all theses and dissertations through this new platform. Format reviews now occur within the VIREO submission process. If you have questions or would like an in-person format review, contact administrators.
Our website provides many resources for students, such as templates, copyright information, official policies, deadlines, and more.
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Thesis and Dissertation dates were adjusted to give students more time to submit. Due to the change, these deadlines are firm dates. Thesis/Dissertation must be approved (signed) by committee, department/program chair, college dean and submitted to Graduate School by the POSTED date. Dates falling on Saturday or Sunday will be extended to the following Monday.
Application to Graduate: June 1
Oral Defense: June 15
Submission of Thesis/Dissertation to College Dean: June 27
Submission of Thesis: June 30
Submission of Dissertation June 30
Non-Thesis Final Oral Exam: July 15
- to show students resources for research approval and understanding of copyright
- to demonstrate how to use iThenticate to validate the work
- to outline the approval process
- to ensure that theses and dissertations conform to the formatting requirements of the University of Tennessee
- to provide guidance in submitting the work to Trace
- to simplify the completion of the Survey of Earned Doctorates
- to explain the policies around the public availability of theses and dissertations
For all doctoral candidates and many master’s candidates, the creation of the dissertation or thesis is the capstone of their graduate career and signifies the completion of the requirements for graduation. The Graduate School will help students in this process to keep it as smooth and worry-free as possible. The Thesis/Dissertation Consultant is available to assist in many areas:
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A thesis is the documentation of your original research or scholarship that serves as partial completion of graduation requirements for a master’s degree.
A dissertation is the documentation of your original research or scholarship that serves as partial completion of graduation requirements for a doctoral degree.
Master’s and doctoral level scholarship presented as a thesis or dissertation should involve analysis, synthesis, and/or evaluation of newly created or existing knowledge with the purpose of advancing the discipline or applying the knowledge to a specific situation.
The purpose of the thesis or dissertation document is to present that knowledge to the scholarly community is a clear, concise, and professional manner that is appropriate to the discipline. This handbook is written to guide you, the student-scholar, through the process of developing the final product.
It is important to recognize the distinction between electronic submission and electronic publication.
Electronic submission indicates that rather than printing your document and submitting paper copies to the Graduate School, you submit your final document as a PDF file. No paper copies are accepted by the Graduate School or the UAB libraries. Committee members may still, if they choose, require a paper copy for their part of the review process.