Chapter 1: Introduction to Graduate Research and Thesis Writing
Section 1.4: When to use sections of this document
Here is the suggested time sequence for using this document. Note, however, the final point is time
critical. This list outlines the steps necessary to complete the thesis work, no matter what type of thesis is being done.
- Before your Graduate Committee is formed, read Chapter 1 to understand the entire process.
- Before the first committee meeting is convened, refer to "Timelines" (Section 2.1 for the Qualitative Master's Thesis and Section 3.1 for the Quantitative Master's Thesis) and "Proposal Guidelines" section (Section 2.2 for the Qualitative Master's Thesis and Section 3.2 for the Quantitative Master's Thesis).
- During your second semester, track your research progress and seek committee meetings as recommended by in the "Timelines" section (Section 2.1 for the Qualitative Master's Thesis and Section 3.1 for the Quantitative Master's Thesis) of this document.
- Before beginning your research, refer to the "Additional Considerations" section (Section 2.3 and Section 2.3.1 for the Qualitative Master's Thesis or Section 3.4.1 and Section 3.4.2 for the Quantitative Master's Thesis) for important information about the required
permissions if using animals or people in research.
- Before starting to write your thesis, refer to "Guidelines for Writing Thesis" section (Chapter 2 for the Qualitative Master's Thesis or Chapter 3 for the Quantitative Master's Thesis) for your type of thesis.
- During writing, refer to "Formatting Requirements" section and the "Forms and Examples" section. The Library, your department,
and your advisor can also provide examples of previous thesis work
- During writing also keep in mind calendar date requirements for Application for Graduation and other University, Graduate College,
and Departmental deadlines.
- After writing your thesis (and having necessary committee meetings) the "Copyright" and "Electronic Submission to Library" sections
should be read. Note that some copyright issues may arise during the writing stage; for example, if the researcher needs permission to
use another work.
- A completed thesis is due to the Graduate College NO LATER than two weeks before graduation day. This is a FIRM deadline and
ignoring the deadline may mean you will not graduate in a given term. It is highly recommended that thesis defense meetings happen
no later than one month before graduation day.