Preparation of Thesis

Preparation of Thesis

The MU Graduate School has specific regulations regarding style, the acceptable kind of paper, proper margins, typeface and corrections for the thesis. The student should obtain a copy of the most recent version of the guidelines for dissertations and theses from the MU Graduate School before beginning to write to ensure proper form is followed. Students can download a copy of the guidelines from the MU Graduate School‘s website.

The stylebook preferred by the MU Graduate School for thesis preparation is “A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations” by Kate L. Turabian. An alternative style is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Completing the Thesis

Once the student has completed a rough draft of the thesis, arrangements should be made for final typing (or printing). A final typed thesis is one that has been typed to specification. The only exception is that page numbers may be left off until after the oral examination. At the same time the thesis is typed (or printed), an approval page must be prepared, using the same paper stock and type style.

Once the thesis is complete and the student is ready to defend it, on-campus students need to email their copy to the graduate studies administrative assistant to conduct a format check. Online students must email a copy to the graduate academic adviser. Allow a couple of days for the format check to be completed. The deadline for submitting the final version of the thesis is set by the MU Graduate School and usually falls a couple of weeks before the end of the semester.

The student is responsible for working with the committee to establish a date for the oral defense and for obtaining a room in which the defense is held. The committee signs the report of the master‘s examining committee form at the time of the oral defense if the thesis is felt to be acceptable.