Graduate Studies

Thesis and Dissertation Information


BEFORE beginning the Thesis or Dissertation process, students must meet with an advisor or Graduate Program Director to review the department specific guidelines and proposal information.

Students are required to remain continuously enrolled in either 695/696 or 795/796 once a thesis/dissertation is started, until the end of the semester of graduation.


Process Steps

Thesis/Dissertation Flow Chart Process



Guidelines - Preparation of Theses and Dissertations 13-14 (PDF)



Thesis or Dissertation Proposal Announcement Form (MS Word)

Committee Membership Endorsement Form for Thesis or Dissertation (MS Word)

Thesis or Dissertation Defense Announcement Form (MS Word)


Final Approval:

Dissertation Final Approval Form (MS Word)

Thesis Final Approval Form (MS Word)


Scholarworks Submission:

Dissertation Submission Agreement for ScholarWorks (MS Word)

Thesis Submission Agreement for ScholarWorks (MS Word)



Thesis Title Page (MS Word)

Dissertation Title Page (MS Word)


Writing Resources

Writing Center for graduate students (GVSU)

The Productive Writer (Cornell University)


For assistance with any of these forms or questions regarding the guidelines, please contact the Thesis Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies at (616) 331-7105 or

Page last modified March 27, 2014