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.

Semester of Thesis or Dissertation Defense:

Final Day to Defend Thesis or Dissertation:

Final Day to Submit Final Documents to The Graduate School: 

Winter 2020

April 3, 2020

April 24, 2020

Spring/Summer 2020

July 14, 2020

August 4, 2020

Fall 2020

November 30, 2020

December 19, 2020

Winter 2021

April 9, 2021

April 30, 2021

Spring/Summer 2021

July 21, 2021

August 11, 2021

Forms, Guides, and Information
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 in The Graduate School at (616) 331-7105 or