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.

Deadlines for Spring/Summer 2018 Defenses and Completion:

  • All students wishing to defend a thesis or dissertation in Spring/Summer 2018 must do so by July 17, 2018.
  • All approval documents are due to The Graduate School by August 7, 2018 for a Spring/Summer 2018 graduation date.


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

Writing Resources

Writing Center for graduate students (GVSU)

Writing Tips (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Scholarly Communications (GVSU Library)

APA and MLA Style Guides (Purdue University)


Current Student Resources

Current Students

Current Students: Information about opportunities, policies and procedures, thesis and dissertation, student services, etc

Page last modified June 12, 2018