Each Ph.D. and Ed.D. candidate must write a dissertation based upon research which makes an original contribution to the literature and research of the student’s discipline. The Dean of the Graduate School appoints the dissertation director upon recommendation of the chair and/or dean of the college of the doctoral major. In final form, the dissertation must be approved by the student’s committee, specified administrators of the appropriate college or school, and the Dean of the Graduate School.
Prospectus approval is required by the Research Committee; the department chair, director, or associate dean; dean of the college (if required); and the Dean of the Graduate School, prior to the student beginning research for a dissertation.
To secure semester credit hours for work done on the dissertation, the student must register for this work. When “Dissertation’’ appears on the schedule, it is counted as three or six semester credit hours in determining both load, tuition, and fees.
Graduate students may use the computer and research consultant services of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in the preparation of their professional papers, theses, and dissertations. To use these services, students must enroll in the appropriate course. The course may be repeated for additional credit as needed. Student's may also access the services of the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence .
The grade of ‘PR’ will be assigned to indicate a dissertation is in progress. A student writing a dissertation for six semester credit hours will be given ‘CR’ (Credit) for the first enrollment and ‘PR’ (In Progress) for all subsequent enrollments until the last, for which ‘CR’ will be given again. A student writing a dissertation for twelve semester credit hours will be given ‘CR’ for the first two enrollments and for the last two enrollments and ‘PR’ for enrollments in between.
Only an officially registered student may hold conferences with faculty concerning the preparation of a dissertation. This rule applies both to the student in actual residence and to the student not in residence who is receiving aid or criticism through conferences or correspondence. This rule does not apply to preliminary conferences held before the dissertation subject has been selected. Registration for dissertation in one term is good for that term only and does not extend to the next term.
Digital submission of the student's dissertation must be completed no later than the filing date listed in the Graduate School “Graduation Deadlines .’’ One or more bound copies at the expense of the student, may be required by the student's major department. Under certain conditions, usually related to special research fellowships or programs or to continuing university, college, foundation, or industrial research programs, these copies become the property of the University.
All dissertations are microfilmed by ProQuest and included in Dissertation Abstracts International. The student pays for this microfilming at the time of filing the dissertation and abstract in the Graduate School. Copyrighting, which remains optional, may be secured during the submission process for an additional fee. Details concerning the abstracts, microfilming, copyrighting, and their fees are available in the Graduate School.
Students are urged to consult the Graduate School publication Guide to the Preparation and Processing of Dissertations, Theses, and Professional Papers and Formatting Navigator for additional information. (See Policies and Guidelines for Graduate Committees on Dissertations, Theses, and Professional Papers .)