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 2024 Workshops

June 25, 2024 4:00-6:00 p.m. in-person in DeVos Center on the Pew Campus

Registration Form:

Plagiarism, RCR Training, and AI Video

Embark on an exploration of academic integrity in our Plagiarism, RCR (Responsible Conduct of Research), and AI usage training video. Learn about the nuances of originality and ethical scholarship as we briefly navigate the intricacies of proper citation, attribution, and the ethical principles that underpin scholarly endeavors. Discover in this brief video how to uphold integrity in your research practices, safeguard the credibility of your work, and contribute to the advancement of knowledge with honor and accountability.

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 2024

July 16, 2024

August 6, 2024

Fall 2024

November 29, 2024

December 20, 2024

Winter 2025

April 4, 2025

April 25, 2025

Spring/Summer 2025

July 15, 2025

August 5, 2025

Fall 2025

November 28, 2025

December 19, 2025

Winter 2026

April 3, 2026

April 24, 2026

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 June 4, 2024