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Thesis, Disquisition, and Dissertation Information and Resources

Graduate Students

 

Several graduate degree programs require students to prepare either a thesis, disquisition, or dissertation as an exit requirement of the program. Since students are expected to plan, execute, and report on a research project or creative endeavor that creates, analyzes, assesses, or otherwise advances knowledge in the discipline of study, they must work closely with their committees to meet both program and Graduate School requirements and deadlines. The following page provides general information and resources for faculty and students to guide a successful final project.

Thesis Students

Thesis Submission Deadlines

Requirements 
(Submitted in ProQuest)
Deadlines
April 10, July 10 or November 10 in the semester prior to the anticipated graduation term.

April 10 (Spring Graduates)

July 10 (Summer graduates)

November 10 (Fall graduates)

Step by Step Process for Completing a Thesis: Abstract through Defense

Deadlines vary by program; students must work with their departments and chairs for specific program deadlines. 

THESIS ABSTRACT

  1. Students will work with faculty to identify an appropriate topic for the thesis (internal program process, no GS requirements)
  2. Once a topic is identified, students work with faculty to select a chair for their thesis committee and form a thesis committee. *It is the responsibility of the committee chair to ensure all members of the thesis committee have graduate faculty status.
  3. Each September, February, and June Graduate School staff will provide a virtual workshop to orient thesis students to ProQuest; all students should plan to attend one of the Zoom sessions.
  4. The semester PRIOR to the graduating semester, students will submit their thesis abstract to their committee (internal program process, no GS requirements)
  5. Following successful submission of thesis abstract to their committee, students should create an account in ProQuest and upload the following documents for review by The Graduate School:
    1. Title of Thesis (can be tentative—however, it becomes “final” 12 weeks before graduation)
    2. Thesis Abstract Approval Form (with signatures)
    3. Abstract document (properly formatted and in PDF)
    4. Submit the documents to Graduate School by clicking on the submit button in ProQuest.
  6. Graduate School will do the following:
    1. Verify that all members of the committee have graduate faculty status.
    2. Verify that committee has approved the thesis abstract. 
    3. Enter the thesis title into Banner. 
  7. The due date for this correspondence is April 10, July 10 or November 10 in the semester prior to your anticipated graduation term. In other words, if a student plans to graduate in May, thesis abstract is due November 10. 

THESIS FINAL

  1. Students must complete all thesis requirements in order to clear graduation checks.
  2. Following successful defense/submission of the final thesis manuscript, students should submit their documents to Proquest. These forms should be submitted to Proquest AFTER the student has completed all necessary revisions and received final approval from their Chair. Documents for upload into Proquest include:
    1. Final approved thesis manuscript (properly formatted and in PDF)
    2. Final Thesis Defense Approval Form (with signatures).
  3. The due date for this final submission to Graduate School through Proquest is April 10th (Spring graduates); July 10th (Summer graduates); November 10th (Fall graduates).
  4. Once the Graduate School receives the approved Final thesis manuscript (properly formatted and in PDF) and the Final Thesis Committee Approval Form (signed by chair and all committee members) the Graduate School will:
    1. Review the final thesis for graduate school formatting requirements (Document may be returned for GS required edits—see formatting guide)
    2. Once the Final thesis meets all GS requirements, Graduate School staff will print the Final Thesis Defense Approval form for Dean of Graduate School signature.
    3. Graduate School will upload the signed Final Thesis Defense Approval Form back to the student’s submission, mark the thesis as “complete and ready for publication.”
    4. The student will be notified through ProQuest that the thesis was accepted. Students should monitor catamount email closely for correspondences.
    5. Graduate School will let the Registrar know that the student has successfully completed the thesis requirement.
    6. Graduate School will release thesis to ProQuest for publication.

*Note—this process may take several weeks depending on edits needed and responsiveness of student. 

Formatting Guide for the final manuscript.

 

Masters Thesis and Graduate School Workshop

Start Time : Sep 13, 2021 05:44 PM

Meeting Recording

 

Disquisition Students - EdD Only

Disquisition Submission Deadlines

Requirements 
(Submitted in ProQuest)
Deadlines (assumes spring graduation)
May 15 (of spring 2 semester)

April 10 (Spring Graduates)

 

The Disquisition (DQ) Process: Proposal through Defense

For students considered "on track/with original cohort". Students who are working outside original cohort should work closely with advisor on timelines.

The Disquisition Proposal

  1. First Spring semester—Faculty identify committee chairs following approval of DQ topic (internal program process, no GS requirements)
  2. Beginning Fall of students’ second year, “Fall 2”, students and their Chairs identify committee membership (internal program process, no GS requirements)
  3. Early Fall (September)-Graduate School staff will provide a virtual workshop to orient new Ed.D. students to ProQuest
  4. Late Fall 2 and into Spring 2, students will defend their DQ Proposal to their committee (internal program process, no GS requirements)
  5. Following successful defense of the DQ Proposal, students should create an account in ProQuest and upload the following documents for review by The Graduate School:
    1. Title of Disquisition (can be tentative)
    2. Disquisition Proposal Defense Committee Approval Form (with signatures)
    3. Disquisition Proposal paper/document (properly formatted and in PDF)
    4. Students should email a copy of their signed Disquisition Proposal Defense Committee Approval form to Densie Royer (droyer@wcu.edu)
    5. Submit the documents to Graduate School by clicking on the submit button in ProQuest.
  6. Graduate School will do the following:
    1. Verify that all members of the committee have graduate faculty status.
    2. Verify that committee has approved the Disquisition proposal. 
    3. Enter the Disquisition title into Banner. 
  7. The due date for this correspondence is May 15th.

The Final Disquisition

  1. In early Spring 3, (January) - Graduate School staff will provide virtual workshop to all students completing the EdD program in the Spring to refresh them on how to upload documents, submit supplemental files, etc. (an evening Zoom session, recorded)
  2. In Spring 3, students will defend their Final Disquisition to their committee (internal program process, no GS requirements)
  3. Following successful defense of their Final DQ, students should submit their DQ defense documents to Proquest. These forms should be submitted to Proquest AFTER the student has completed all necessary revisions and received final approval from their Chair. Documents for upload into Proquest include: 
    1. Final approved DQ paper (properly formatted and in PDF)
    2. Final Disquisition Committee Approval Form (with signatures).
    3. Email Denise Royer (droyer@wcu.edu) completed signature page and final DQ document
  1. The due date for this final submission to Graduate School through Proquest is April 10th.
  2. Once the Graduate School receives the approved Final DQ paper (properly formatted and in PDF) and the Final Disquisition Committee Approval Form (signed by chair and all committee members) the Graduate School will:
    1. Review the final DQ for graduate school formatting requirements (Document may be returned for GS required edits—see formatting guide)
    2. Once the Final DQ meets all GS requirements, Graduate School staff will print the Final DQ Defense form for Dean of Graduate School signature.
    3. Graduate School will upload the signed Final DQ Defense Form back to the student’s submission, mark the Disquisition as “complete and ready for publication.”
    4. The student will be notified through ProQuest that the DQ was accepted. Students should monitor catamount email closely for correspondences.
    5. Graduate School will let the Registrar know that the student has successfully completed the DQ requirement.
    6. Graduate School will release disquisition to ProQuest for publication.

*Note—this process may take several weeks depending on edits needed and responsiveness of student.

Formatting Guide for the final manuscript.

The Disquisition Process: From Proposal to Defense

 

Disquisition Process and Graduate School Workshop

Start Time : Sep 15, 2021 05:47 PM

Meeting Recording

Dissertation Students - PsyD Only

Dissertation Submission Deadlines

Requirements 
(Submitted in ProQuest)
Deadlines
December 15 (of year two)
August 15 (of year two)

 

*students who do not complete the dissertation requirements in the second year, must submit the dissertation at least 4 weeks prior to graduation in the term they plan to graduate.

The Dissertation Process: Prospectus Defense through Dissertation Defense

For students considered "on track/with original cohort". Students who are working outside original cohort should work closely with advisor on timelines.

The Dissertation Prospectus

  1. First Spring semester - Faculty identify committee chairs following approval of dissertation topic (internal program process, no GS requirements)
  2. Beginning Fall of students’ second year, “Fall 2”, students and their Chairs identify committee membership (internal program process, no GS requirements)
  3. Early Fall (September)-Graduate School staff will provide a virtual workshop to orient new Psy.D. students to ProQuest
  4. Late Fall 2 students will write and defend their dissertation prospectus to their committee (internal program process, no GS requirements)
  5. Following successful defense of the dissertation prospectus, students should create an account in ProQuest and upload the following documents for review by The Graduate School:
    1. Title of Dissertation (can be tentative)
    2. Dissertation Prospectus Defense Approval Form(with signatures)
    3. Dissertation Prospectus manuscript (properly formatted and in PDF)
    4. Submit the documents to Graduate School by clicking on the submit button in ProQuest.
  6. Graduate School will do the following:
    1. Verify that all members of the committee have graduate faculty status.
    2. Verify that committee has approved the Dissertation Prospectus. 
    3. Enter the Dissertation title into Banner. 
  7. The due date for this correspondence is December 15th.

The Final Dissertation

  1. In Spring or Summer 2, students will write and defend the final dissertation to their committee (internal program process, no GS requirements)
  2. Following successful defense of the dissertation, students should submit their dissertation defense documents to Proquest. These forms should be submitted to Proquest AFTER the student has completed all necessary revisions and received final approval from their Chair. Documents for upload into Proquest include:
  3. Final approved dissertation manuscript (properly formatted and in PDF)
  4. Final Dissertation Committee Approval Form (with signatures).
  5. The due date for this final submission to Graduate School through Proquest is August 15th (of the 2nd year).
  6. Once the Graduate School receives the approved final dissertation manuscript (properly formatted and in PDF) and the Final Dissertation Committee Approval Form (signed by chair and all committee members) the Graduate School will:
    1. Review the final dissertation for graduate school formatting requirements (Document may be returned for GS required edits—see formatting guide)
    2. Once the final dissertation meets all GS requirements, Graduate School staff will print the Final Dissertation Defense form for Dean of Graduate School signature.
    3. Graduate School will upload the signed Final Dissertation Defense Form back to the student’s submission, mark the dissertation as “complete and ready for publication.”
    4. The student will be notified through ProQuest that the dissertation was accepted. Students should monitor catamount email closely for correspondences.
    5. Graduate School will let the Registrar know that the student has successfully completed the dissertation requirement.
    6. Graduate School will release the dissertation to ProQuest for publication.

*Note—this process may take several weeks depending on edits needed and responsiveness of student.

Formatting Guide for the final manuscript.

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