Thesis & Dissertation Resources

Thesis & Dissertation Brightspace Course

Students conducting a thesis or dissertation and faculty who serve on thesis/dissertation committees should enroll in the Brightspace course titled "Thesis & Dissertation - Graduate College" (Course Code: Community_89). This course contains all of the necessary steps and requirements needed to complete a thesis/dissertation and submit it to the Graduate College for final approval. Please review the self-enroll steps below.

Self-Enrolling into Thesis & Dissertation – Graduate College Brightspace Course:

  1. Log into Brightspace
  2. Select “Discover” – the top left menu item (under the MSU logo)
  3. Either search for “Thesis” or find the course titled “Thesis & Dissertation – Graduate College” (Course Code: Community_89)
  4. Select the “Thesis & Dissertation – Graduate College” course title
  5. Select “Enroll in Course” and then select “OK”
  6. The course will then be available to you on your “My Home” menu under “My Courses”

Your thesis/dissertation is the culmination of your graduate program. From picking a subject and developing a study to analyzing the data and writing the results, the process includes more than just writing a paper. Consult with your committee chair (i.e., your thesis/dissertation advisor) to develop a timeline that best suits your project’s needs. Be sure to enroll in the Thesis Brightspace course early in the process!

Thesis & Dissertation Publishing Guide and Checklist

The Thesis and Dissertation Publishing Guide serves as the primary formatting/style guide for MSU theses and dissertations. It contains instructions for meeting all of the requirements necessary for final Graduate College approval of a thesis/dissertation and for being published in MSU's repository, Bear Works. 

The Thesis Initial Submission Checklist helps thesis/dissertation writers and advisors ensure that all requirements in the Thesis & Dissertation Publishing Guide have been met.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Thesis Brightspace course, the documents linked above, or the thesis/dissertation submission process, feel free to email us at: GraduateThesisServices@MissouriState.edu

Thesis course to Non-Thesis course:

Occasionally, students need to change their culminating research experience from a thesis to a non-thesis project/seminar course. In such cases, the academic unit should request the change by completing the Thesis Course to Non-Thesis Course Form.

Summer 2024 Deadlines for Thesis Submission

July 15 - - deadline for SU24 thesis - submit thesis to the Graduate College using the Thesis Blackboard site.  All assignments must be complete.

August 23 - final submission of all requirements for SU24 thesis.

Fall 2024 Deadlines for Thesis Submission

November 18 - - deadline for FA24 thesis - submit thesis to the Graduate College using Brightspace.  All assignments must be complete.

January 10 - final submission of all requirements for FA24 thesis.

Spring 2025 Deadlines for Thesis Submission

April 14 - - deadline for SP25 thesis - submit thesis to the Graduate College using Brightspace.  All assignments must be complete.

June 6 - final submission of all requirements for SP25 thesis.

Summer 2025 Deadlines for Thesis Submission

July 14 - - deadline for SU24 thesis - submit final thesis to the Graduate College using Brightspace.  All assignments must be complete.

August 22 - final submission of all requirements for SU25 thesis.