Your thesis is the culmination of your 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. Consult with your committee chair to develop a timeline that best suits your project’s needs.
Optional, but Recommended: Watch the thesis tutorials.
The Graduate College created a set of short tutorials to guide you through all the steps listed below. These are not required at this time, but students find them very helpful! None of the tutorials are over 20 minutes long. Read the instructions for self-enrolling in this Blackboard course. See the instructions for completing these tutorials. Those instructons include some documentation you should keep from viewing the tutorials. Also note: Any of these helpful tutorials can be viewed again as you work through the thesis process.
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. The thesis you submit must be on the Thesis Template in order to be accepted. When preparing your thesis, you must use the formatting requirements outlined in the documents below:
a. It is recommended that you submit your thesis to SafeAssignment (see the How-to listed below for more information) to avoid accidental plagiarism. Read the instructions for self-enrolling in this Blackboard course if you have not already enrolled.
b. When your thesis is in the Thesis Template, it is recommended that you have your thesis formatting reviewed by the Writing Center. When you do this in person, be sure to get the consultant to use the stamp for "Final: Thesis Format." When you do the review electronically, retain a paper copy of the return email advice you get. You will submit either of these to the Graduate College when you turn in your review copy.
The following links contain supplemental instructions that will be relevant to some theses.
- 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
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 (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.
- Verification from the Writing Center (if you had your thesis reviewed for format) and/or Blackboard Thesis class gradebook print-out (if you viewed the Thesis Tutorials).
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:
- Checklist for Final Thesis Submission
- At least two unbound final copies printed on 25 percent cotton-fiber, acid-free white paper, 20-24 lb. weight
- 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
Submit your final copy as an archival PDF to the BearWorks database.