Thesis and Dissertation Workshop
- Read “Thesis and Dissertation Standards”
- Complete and submit Committee Appointment Form
- Institutional Review Board – Submit permission request if required
- Attend a “Thesis and Dissertation Standards” workshop see: Tips and Format information from the August 28, 2012 Workshop
- Write your manuscript according to the “Thesis and Dissertation Standards”
- At least 2 weeks prior to defense, submit Notice of Defense Form – Discuss defense time, date and location with Committee members (make sure your committee has a copy of your manuscript for review) and submit form two weeks prior to defense.
(Copy, paste and fill in the information below email at least 2 weeks prior to your defense to Janice-Uhles@utc.edu.)
Put in Subject Line: Your Name, Notice of Scheduled Defense
Paste the following information into the body of the email and complete the information:
- UTC ID#:
- Title of Thesis/Dissertation:
- Scheduled defense Date:
- Abstract: (copy and paste into the email)
Review and verify that your manuscript is written in accordance with the “Thesis and Dissertation Standards”
It is important that you appropriately plan to defend and submit your thesis or dissertation in the approved and accepted format to the Graduate School according to the dates published in the Graduate School Academic Calendar. Defending and/or submitting your thesis or dissertation after the deadline date may result in you not graduating in the semester you planned, additional expense to register for a subsequent semester, and your degree to not be conferred. Please note these dates and plan accordingly to defend and submit in the semester you plan to complete your manuscript.
The following is a listing of the steps required for submitting a thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School for format review and approval. Theses and dissertations are not considered complete until the document has been approved by the Graduate School; therefore, transcripts and diplomas are not released until all of the following steps are completed in the sequence provided.
Deadlines for submission of documents for review by Graduate School staff are published on the Graduate School web site and the Graduate School Academic Calendar; these deadlines cannot be waived. However, if the deadline falls on a weekend, the thesis or dissertation must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on the following Monday. To meet the first submission deadline (the first review of the document), the following verification forms or pages must be received by the Graduate School prior to the thesis or dissertation. Links are provided to each of the forms or pages.
A completed Graduate Degree Examination Results form with all required signatures indicating that the defense of the thesis or dissertation was passed and the thesis or dissertation has been accepted by the examining committee and reviewed and approved by the College Dean. (Signature of the academic dean verifies approval and acceptance by the college based on academic rigor, scholarly writing, and adherence to the UTC Graduate School Thesis and Dissertation Standards)
Beginning in fall 2013 a student must submit the “Verification of Standards and Bibliography Management Software form”, which allows the student to indicate that the Standards for formatting were followed, to verify that bibliography management software was used, to provide the name of the software, and to indicate the word processing software used to produce the thesis or dissertation.
The thesis or dissertation is submitted electronically to the Graduate School Dean. The thesis or dissertation should not be submitted until all committee editorial comments and corrections are appropriately addressed. The electronic copy is submitted in the software used to produce it, not as a pdf for the first format review.
Upon completion of the initial format review, the thesis or dissertation will be accepted or returned to the student for corrections. If the document is accepted, the student will be provided specific instructions for completing the submission process (see below). However, if the document is not accepted, the student must make the requested corrections and re-submit a revised electronic copy for review. The review process continues until the document is deemed acceptable.