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Formatting Your Thesis/Dissertation: FAQ & Process

Learn about Graduate College formatting requirements.

Process

Number 1

Select your topic and begin research

Create a committee and submit the "Committee Approval Form"

Number 2

You will be contact to schedule your preview to get feedback on the formatting of your thesis prior to submission

Work with your committee and department to schedule your defense

Note that different departments have requirements for defense and proposals, review those with your chair

Number 3

Submit an electronic copy of your defended thesis to the Graduate College

Submit a minimum of 3 approval pages signed by your committee

Fill out and submit 1 copy of the Approval Form for your degree and all other requirements designated at the time of your preview

Number 4

 

Your thesis will be reviewed and you will receive any corrections that need to be made

Number 5

 

Once your corrections have been approved, you will submit your printed copy

Frequently Asked Questions

The Thesis and Dissertation Reviewer is available for general questions about process, preview, and submission. The Reviewer conducts a preview appointment with all students completing a thesis or dissertation to ensure they are meeting the requirements and give feedback and suggestions on how to make corrections. The Reviewer also conducts the final reviews of all theses and dissertations to ensure they satisfy all Graduate College requirements. Any questions about when things needs to be completed, what has to be turned in, and formatting of the final document should be directed to the Reviewer.

For Masters students: the thesis committee must consist of three or more members of the UNI Graduate and Associate Graduate Faculty. Individuals with Associate Graduate Faculty Status cannot serve as committee chair or co-chair. Additional committee members may be selected as readers, and are not required to be graduate faculty members. 

For EdDs:  the dissertation committee will consist of a minimum of four members of the UNI Graduate and Associate Graduate Faculty. Individuals with Associate Grad Faculty status cannot serve as committee chair or co-chair. One of the four members must be from outside the student's department and some departments may require the person to be outside the college. 

For DTs/DITs: the faculty advisory committee will consist of a minimum of five members of the UNI Graduate and Associate Graduate Faculty. Individuals with Associate Graduate Faculty Status cannot serve as committee chair or co-chair. Two of the five members must be from outside the Department of Technology. 

A preview is the reviewing of the thesis or dissertation for style and format by the Graduate College Reviewer. The preview copy should be a "final draft" which is formatted following the departmental style manual and the specifications outlined in the Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Manual.  Ideally this preview should occur before the final defense. The goal of the Reviewer is to assist the student in the final process for completion of this important academic requirement. Often a brief consultation will uncover format problems which are easily remedied at this stage. No thesis or dissertation will be accepted by the Graduate College for approval without this preview.

You will be contacted when it is time to schedule your official preview. Ensure your department is aware of your intent to complete and they will provide your name to the Graduate College. 

You should feel free to use walk-in hours or make appointments sooner to ensure you are on the right track with formatting your thesis/dissertation as you begin writing.

Don't see your question here? Fill out the comment form so the Thesis & Dissertation Reviewer can add it!

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