11. Filed a Graduation Application and paid the $50 graduation fee. (See Graduation Procedures.)
NOTE: Particular doctoral programs may have more specific or more stringent program requirements.
Thesis, Doctoral Project, or Dissertation
The satisfactory completion of a thesis is a requirement on some master’s or specialist’s degree programs and optional on others and satisfactory completion of a doctoral project or dissertation is a requirement for some doctoral degrees. Satisfactory completion is determined by the student’s committee, department, college, and the College of Graduate Studies.
Students should be aware that the university has specific policies that govern research involving human or animal subjects and re- combinant DNA. Information on experimentation may be obtained from the department chairperson, committee chairperson, or the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
For stylistic guidelines, students are expected to follow the most recent University requirements as outlined by the College of Grad- uate Studies within the Guidelines for the Preparation of Theses, Doctoral Projects, and Dissertations. The Guidelines also contain all the forms that must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies in order for a student to graduate. The Guidelines are available online at www.grad.cmich.edu/forms.htm
If students are writing a thesis/doctoral project/dissertation, it will be evaluated by a committee. Students should consult their advisor in selecting a committee chairperson and at least two com- mittee members. The advisor may or may not be the committee chairperson, depending upon the student’s academic emphasis. One member of the committee may be from a discipline other than that of the student’s area of concentration. All members of the committee must have regular graduate faculty status as defined by the Academic Senate’s Graduate Education Policy and be approved as committee chair by the department. Students can check their committee members’ status by contacting the College of Graduate Studies.
For theses/doctoral projects/dissertations completed through Central Michigan University’s Off-Campus Programs, one of the three committee members must be a CMU on-campus regular faculty member or a regular faculty member from a collaborat- ing university (such as in a joint program), or if all committee members are from off-campus, the committee chair must meet the requirements for regular graduate faculty status as defined by the Academic Senate’s Graduate Education Policy and be approved as committee chair by the department. Students can check their committee members’ status by contacting the College of Graduate Studies.
The chairperson of the thesis/doctoral project/dissertation com- mittee will have active direction of work, but may wish to consult with other members of the committee about matters pertinent to its development. The committee as a whole, however, will determine the quality of the work.
After a committee has been selected and a topic chosen, a Pro- spectus - Theses, Doctoral Projects, and Dissertations form must be completed by the student and signed by the committee chair and members, the department chairperson, and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. A student may not enroll for more than three credits and projects must not be undertaken until the form is approved by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Projects undertaken prior to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies approving the Prospectus may be denied, the project deemed invalid, and the student will have to begin the thesis/ doctoral project/dissertation process anew. The department may require a more detailed prospectus.
Each student who writes a thesis/doctoral project/dissertation must enroll for such credit. Letter grades are not used in the evaluation of the thesis/doctoral project/dissertation; therefore, the student’s graduate grade point average is not affected by
credit earned for these. In all departments the thesis/doctoral project/dissertation is designated as credit (CR) if acceptable and no credit (NC) if not acceptable. Students will receive six credit hours for an acceptable thesis. For a dissertation, a minimum of twelve and a maximum of thirty-six semester credit hours may be earned depending on the guidelines for the specific department. Credit will be granted upon satisfactory completion of the thesis/ doctoral project/dissertation and its acceptance by the committee and approval by the College of Graduate Studies.
Final Stages of Thesis or Dissertation Preparation
Beginning with December 2009 Graduation, the Thesis, Doctoral Project, Dissertation Process will be online. Please consult the Guidelines for the Preparation of Theses, Doctoral Projects, and Dissertations for the correct process and University expecta- tions.
The final draft of the defended, committee-approved thesis/doctoral project/dissertation must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies for approval according to the deadlines listed on the inside cover of the College of Graduate Studies Bulletin and the Guidelines for the Preparation of Theses, Doctoral Projects, and Dissertations. Failure to meet this deadline or any departmentally stipulated dead- line may result in the student’s graduation being delayed until the following semester.
Students are responsible for keeping a copy of the final, approved by the College of Graduate Studies, thesis/doctoral project/disserta- tion. The College of Graduate Studies does not return any copies. The University requires that two copies of the thesis/doctoral project/ dissertation be bound. One copy is sent to the Park Library and the other copy becomes property of the student’s academic department. Students should check with their department as to whether additional copies are required to be bound.
Following final approval of the thesis/doctoral project/dissertation by the College of Graduate Studies, the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies will sign the thesis/doctoral project/dissertation signature page and a Thesis, Doctoral Project, Dissertation Binding & Microfilming Approval Form is issued by the College of Graduate Studies. This form must accompany the thesis/doctoral project/dissertation to Printing Services for binding (all documents) and the Park Library (optional for theses and doctoral projects; required for dissertations). Once the approval form has been signed by the appropriate department(s), it must be returned to the College of Graduate Studies (Foust 100). Not until the signed approval form is returned to the College of Gradu- ate Studies will the student’s graduation audit reflect that the thesis/ doctoral project/dissertation requirement has been fulfilled.
A field study requires the student to conduct a major project approved and directed by an advisor who meets the requirements for regular graduate faculty status as defined by the Academic Senate’s Graduate Education Policy. Upon completion of the field study, the student must pass a publicly announced oral defense of the project.