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

Fall 2022 Workshops

The Graduate School will be providing two more Thesis and Dissertation workshops in the Fall 2022 semester. One is on Monday, November 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m in 136E DeVos on the Pew Campus. The second is on Wednesday, November 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m in 201D DeVos on the Pew Campus. Each workshop contains the same content. This workshop is required for all graduate students beginning a thesis or dissertation in the Fall 2022 semester. Students completing a project are welcome to attend. 

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: 

Fall 2022

November 30, 2022

December 16, 2022

Winter 2023

April 7, 2023

April 28, 2023

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

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 [email protected]

Page last modified October 25, 2022