Thesis and Dissertation Information

Requirements and Deadlines

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.

Deadlines for Fall 2015 Defense and Completion:

  • All students wishing to defend a thesis or dissertation in Fall 2015 must do so by Friday, December 18, 2015.
  • All approval documents are due to the Office of Graduate Studies by Friday, January 1, 2016 for a Fall 2015 graduation date.


Writing Resources

Writing Center for graduate students (GVSU)

The Productive Writer (Cornell University)

Scholarly Communications (GVSU Library)

APA and MLA Style Guides (Purdue University)


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

Current Student Resources

Current Students

Current Students: Information about opportunities, policies and procedures, thesis and dissertation, student services, etc