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Stage 2. Enrolling in Thesis/Dissertation

Process and Policy

Feedback and Evaluation

Complete candidacy requirements in time for enrolling in dissertation hours (7980) – must be completed prior to first day of classes

Assess program of study completion

Review preliminary degree audit

Submit advisory committee form (and Graduate Faculty nominations if necessary)

Have student attend Thesis and Dissertation formatting and beginning/completing the process workshops

Advise student concerning advisory committee composition

Forms

Doctoral Committee/Candidacy Status Form

Thesis Advisory Committee Form

Nomination and Appointment to Graduate Faculty and Graduate Faculty Scholars Form

Best Practices

Process and Policy

  • Please make sure that committee members are all graduate faculty or graduate faculty scholars and satisfy committee requirements. If a person you would like to be on the committee is not a graduate faculty member or graduate faculty scholar, then the person must submit a CV and the program must complete a Nomination and Appointment to Graduate Faculty and Graduate Faculty Scholars Form.
  • Schedule the candidacy exam for your doctoral student. If the candidacy exam is an oral exam of the dissertation prospectus, be sure to provide copies of the prospectus to the advisory committee; advance notice of two weeks is minimally acceptable. Your department or college may have other requirements.
  • Have your program staff run a degree audit for your student and ensure that it is up to date and shows that all coursework requirements are met and that courses that are not completed are registered for. If the audit is not up to date, this can cause delays while the college updates the audit.
  • In order for a master’s student to enroll in thesis hours, the following must be completed:
    • Thesis Advisory Committee Form, with program of study or up to date degree audit attached, submitted to the Graduate College This point is the final check for the student before graduation, so that the only remaining requirement is successful completion of the thesis.
  • In order for a doctoral student to be granted candidacy status, the following must be completed:
    • Doctoral Committee/Candidacy Status Form, with program of study or up to date degree audit attached, submitted to the Graduate College

    Students may only register for dissertation hours once they have officially been changed to candidacy status. This point is the final check for the student before graduation, so that the only remaining requirement is successful completion of the dissertation. Students must have completed this requirement before the first day of classes of the semester in which they wish to enroll in dissertation hours. Students enrolling in dissertation hours for the first time during the summer must have their paper work submitted prior to the first day of classes for Summer C, regardless of which summer session they will enroll in.

Feedback and Evaluation

  • Help your student choose the advisory committee. It is important that together you choose people who will have an interest in the subject, expertise in the subject, who have no conflict of interest either in the student (such as employment off campus) or in the research (paying for the project directly), and who are not related to the student. It is important that the advisory committee members fully intend to attend the advisory committee meetings yearly and at the final defense. The advisory committee members are there to guide the student and the research; they are not solely final readers of the research.

 

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