Thesis and Dissertation Information

Thesis and Dissertation Information

As of spring 2014, the Graduate School no longer requires bound copies of theses or dissertations. Instead, an electronic copy in PDF form must be uploaded to ProQuest. Please see the Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines below for full review and submission instructions. Note that some programs may still require bound copies, so you should check with your program for specific requirements.

All students writing theses or dissertations should read the Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines,Ā preferably before they begin the project.Ā The Guidelines contains Ā the formatting and submission procedures required by the Graduate School; if these are not closely followed, the Graduate School may return the thesis or dissertation to the student for correction.

Please note that for students graduating in summer 2013 or later, the ā€œGraduate Deanā€ line on the thesis/dissertation signature page should read ā€œInterim Graduate Dean.ā€Ā The correct name and title for the Interim Graduate Dean is:

Paula J. Casey
Professor of Law


Thesis and Dissertation Forms

One of the following forms must be signed by all listed faculty and submitted after your defense and by or before your format review. You should download the appropriate form and change the bracketed and italicized text to fit your project. Additionally, doctoral students should change all references to “thesis” to “dissertation.”

Committee Approval Form (Advisor Only):Ā Committee Approval Form-Advisor

Committee Approval Form (Co-Advisor): Ā Committee Approval Form-Co-Advisor


Graduation Information

The Graduate School approves the inclusion of names of potential doctoral graduates for graduation in consultation with program coordinators based upon the graduation applications filed for that term.Ā Doctoral students may be hooded by their dissertation advisor at the spring or fall commencement ceremony if they have fulfilled all requirements of the university, have applied for graduation for the correct semester, and have been cleared by the Graduate School. Graduate degrees will not be posted to transcripts nor diplomas distributed until final copies of theses and dissertations are approved by the Graduate SchoolĀ and copies are uploaded to ProQuest.

Masterā€™s and educational specialist students who are writing theses are required to follow the same schedule for submitting as doctoral students. They must also fulfill all requirements of the university, apply for graduation by the deadline in the correct semester, and be cleared by the Graduate School. Degrees will not be posted to transcripts nor diplomas distributed until students have completed all the aboveĀ requirements.

Contact Dana Steele at 501.569.8661 orĀ djsteele@ualr.eduĀ for assistance.