Thesis and Dissertation Information

Project, Thesis, and Dissertation Workshop October 2021

The Graduate School will be providing a Project, Thesis, and Dissertation workshop on Thursday, October 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the University Club on the Pew Campus/DeVos Building C. This workshop is required for all graduate students beginning a thesis in the Fall 2021 semester. Students completing a project are welcome to attend.

Registration is now open on The Graduate School's website. Those who register must follow GVSU's face mask policy at the time of the workshop.

Thesis and Dissertation Information Fall 2021

For the Fall 2021, all thesis/dissertation proposals and defenses are expected to be conducted in-person unless a request for a remote event is made to The Graduate School. To make a request, please contact the Thesis and Dissertation Coordination Jennifer Palm at

For information on final projects used as culminating experience, our Project Guidelines webpage has additional resources available.

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: 

Fall 2021

November 29, 2021

December 17, 2021

Winter 2022

April 8, 2022

April 29, 2022

Spring/Summer 2022

July 20, 2022

August 10, 2022

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

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