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Dissertation & Thesis Information

Preparing For Your Defense

Oral Defense Policies

While the content of a dissertation or thesis is the prerogative of the student and their dissertation/thesis committee, the oral defense committee guidelines, deadlines and format is established by university policy and managed by the Office of Graduate Education.

Dissertation & Thesis Process

Step-by-Step Process

Dissertation Guidelines

Steps

  1. Please be sure you are referring to the Schedule of Deadlines for important deadlines regarding to your dissertation/thesis completion. 
  2. Proposal programs reserve the right to determine the composition of the dissertation/thesis proposal committee. Check your department's student handbook to determine any unique proposal policies and guidelines. 
  3. The Oral Defense Committee is determined by university policy.

Oral Defense

Steps

  1. Submit the Oral Defense Committee Recommendation form to the Office of Graduate Education following your proposal and/or IRB approval but no later than the first day of the quarter you plan to graduate
  2. Submit the Schedule of Oral Defense form to the Office of Graduate Education no later then four weeks before your defense 
  3. Students must satisfactorily complete the oral defense at least three weeks before the end of the term in which the degree is to be awarded. 

Document Submission

Steps

  1. Submit the final approved copy of the dissertation/thesis to the University through ETD/ProQuest two weeks prior to the end of the term (please note that any revisions identified by your oral defense committee must be completed by this date). The final dissertation/thesis must comply with the formatting guidelines.
  2. Following the submission of the dissertation or thesis to ETD/ProQuest, students will work with the Office of Graduate Education for formatting approval. Formatting must be approved by the last day of the term. 
  3. A dissertation/thesis may be considered "previously published" by some publishers if it is put into a searchable digital/electronic repository like ETD/ProQuest. Students have the option to restrict access to their dissertation or thesis. 
  4. You may submit up to six copies of your dissertation/thesis to be bound through the Denver Book Binding Company and sent back to our office (this is optional).  It takes several months for the binding to be completed, then the copies will be sent to your department.
  5. Congratulations! You have finished your dissertation/thesis!  
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Relevant Forms and Policies

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Oral Defense Committee Recommendation Form

This form should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education as soon as your proposal has been approved.

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Schedule of Oral Defense

Four weeks prior to your oral defense, you must submit a copy of this form to the Office of Graduate Education and your department to schedule your oral defense.

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Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Guidelines

Review this comprehensive checklist and formatting model for insight into style and arrangement requirements.

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    Thesis and Dissertation Submission Instructions

    Follow these instructions to electronically submit your thesis/dissertation.

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    Formatting Template

    The Formatting Template is a resource to help format your dissertation/thesis per the University Formatting Guidelines. 

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    Binding Order Form

    We offer reduced thesis/dissertation binding services to students. Binding is optional, unless your department requires a bound copy of your document.

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    Support

     

    Writing Center

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    Need help writing your thesis/dissertation? Get the support you need at the Writing Center. Our skilled staff helps writers at all stages of the writing process in individual and group settings. 

    Writing Center

     

    Research Centers

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    Receive support from faculty and other on-staff research experts about best practices and executing a research strategy. 

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