Thesis and Dissertation Information

Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines

General Information

All students writing a thesis or dissertation should read the Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines, preferably before they begin the project. The guidelines contain 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. Students will also learn requirements pertaining to organization, formatting and style through the Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines.


Thesis/Dissertation Final Submission Process

Students must submit one original, successfully defended copy of their thesis/dissertation to the Graduate School for format review.  The copy must be received by the Graduate School by 5 p.m. on the format deadline set for the specific graduation term.  The deadlines for the graduation terms are:  Spring – May 1st, Summer – August 1st, and Fall – December 1st.  If any of those dates fall on a weekend, the deadline will be extended to that next Monday. Students can submit their copy by digital or hard copy.  Digital submissions should be emailed as Word or PDF documents to gradtdreview@ualr.edu. Hard copies can be brought to the Graduate Admissions window from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

As of spring 2014, the Graduate School no longer requires bound copies of thesis or dissertations. Instead, an electronic copy in PDF form must be uploaded to ProQuest. Please click on the Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines link above 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. You may submit to ProQuest at this link:  https://www.etdadmin.com/cgi-bin/school?siteId=64

Please note that for students graduating up to summer 2019, the “Graduate Dean” line on the thesis/dissertation signature page should read “Interim Graduate Dean.” The correct name and title for the Interim Graduate Dean as of summer 2016 is:

Abhijit Bhattacharyya
Professor of Systems Engineering

Please note that for students graduating in summer 2019 or later, the “Graduate Dean” line on the thesis/dissertation signature page should read “Graduate Dean.” The correct name and title for the Graduate Dean as of summer 2019 is:

Brian Berry
Professor of Chemistry


Approval Page

If you choose to bind your thesis or dissertation, one of the following forms must be included in every copy you submit to be bound. You should download the appropriate form and change the bracketed and italicized text to fit your project. Additionally, doctoral students should change all references from”thesis” to “dissertation.” You do not need to submit a copy of this form to the Graduate School for review.

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

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