A thesis is the culmination of a graduate program. From picking a subject and developing a study to analyzing the data and writing the results, the thesis process includes more than just writing a paper.
Outlined below are the basic steps in the thesis process. Consult with your committee chair to develop a timeline that best suits your project’s needs.
Develop your project idea and build your committee
Your thesis will be overseen by your committee chair and at least two other Missouri State graduate faculty members.
Create a project timeline, accommodating necessary approvals
Before you begin your research, you may need to complete the necessary research trainings.
Conduct your study and analyze the results
Thesis funding opportunities are available to you to help cover the costs of your research. Find out more on the Funding page.
Write your thesis
Through your written thesis, you will integrate your study and its findings with the larger body of research conducted on similar topics.
When prepare your thesis, you must use the formatting requirements outlined in the documents below:
- Master’s and Doctoral Thesis Guide (Word)
- How to use SafeAssignment for thesis originality checking
- How to convert a word document to an archival pdf
- How to format Portrait page numbers on a Landscape page in word
- How to create a Manuscript option for your thesis
*Note: Prior to submitting your thesis for review, we recommned that you submit it first to Safe Assignment (see the How-to listed above for more information)
Gain approval by your committee
You will present your final thesis to your committee for their approval. Most programs require a defense of your research along with a public presentation of your findings. Consult with your committee chair to learn about your program’s requirements.
Submit approved thesis to the Graduate College
A review copy of your thesis is due to the Graduate College about two weeks prior to the end of the semester. Ensure that your submission includes the following items:
- One hard copy of your thesis
- One digital copy of your thesis (please include a word document copy)
- Acceptance/signature page with original signatures
- A signed Student Checklist (which is located in the thesis guide,) and if indicated on this checklist, a complete article from the journal which you are using as your secondary style manual.
Make noted edits and resubmit final copy to the Graduate College
You will have approximately two weeks after the conclusion of the semester to make the noted edits to your thesis and resubmit to the Graduate College.
The following items must be included in your final submission to the Graduate College:
- At least three unbound final copies printed on 100 percent cotton-fiber bond white paper
- Original signatures on at least one approval sheet
- A digital copy of your thesis as an archival PDF
- Additional copies for your advisor, self, etc.
- Binding fee
You must also submit an archival PDF (and thesis information,) to the Graduate College database
Deadline for fall semester
Monday, November 24, 2014
Deadline for spring semester
Monday, April 20, 2015