Thesis and Dissertation Information

Requirements and Deadlines

BEFORE beginning the Thesis or Dissertation process, students must meet with an advisor or Graduate Program Director to review the department specific guidelines and proposal information.

Students are required to remain continuously enrolled in either 695/696 or 795/796 once a thesis/dissertation is started, until the end of the semester of graduation.

Upcoming Workshops

Spring/Summer 2023 Workshops

The Graduate School will be offering two Project, Thesis, and Dissertation Workshops during the Spring/Summer 2023 semester. All graduate students completing a thesis (695) or dissertation (795) are required to attend at least one workshop the semester they are first enrolled in the course.

Students completing a project are welcome to attend. 

May 22, 2023 3:00-5:00 p.m. - Virtual

June 12, 2023 4:00-6:00 p.m. - Virtual

Registration link - 

Semester of Thesis or Dissertation Defense:

Final Day to Defend Thesis or Dissertation:

Final Day to Submit Final Documents to The Graduate School: 

Spring/Summer 2023

July 18, 2023

August 8, 2023

Fall 2023

November 30, 2023

December 18, 2023

Winter 2024

April 5, 2024

April 26, 2024

Spring/Summer 2024

July 16, 2024

August 6, 2024

Fall 2024

November 29, 2024

December 20, 2024

Winter 2025

April 4, 2025

April 25, 2025

Forms, Guides, and Information

Explore the following content for required resources and helpful information while you complete a thesis/dissertation.

Graduate Writing Resources

Graduate Writing Resources Page (GVSU)

Writing Center for graduate students (GVSU)

Scholarly Communications (GVSU Library)

10 Tips for Graduate Student Writers (PDF)



For assistance with any of these forms or questions regarding the guidelines, please contact the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator, Trista Bergerud, in The Graduate School at (616) 331-7105 or [email protected]

Page last modified May 9, 2023