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Certain programs accept or require a thesis or dissertation as partial fulfillment of the require­ments for the degree. Students are asked to initiate an online form as soon as the members of the thesis/dissertation committee are identified. Students follow the style manual used by the field as determined by the department. The deadline for submission for approval to the Dean of College of Graduate Studies is:

  • Fall and Spring semesters:
    • dissertations submitted by the Monday of the 14th week of class
    • theses submitted by the Monday of the 15th week of class
  • Summer term:
    • dissertations submitted by the Monday of the 10th week of the full term
    • theses submitted by the Monday of the 11th week of the full term

Students who have finished required thesis/dissertation hours and have completed all course requirements but have not finished their thesis/dissertation are required to maintain current student status (enroll in at least 1 semester hour) in order to utilize University services such as computers,  Microsoft Office software, laboratory facilities, music/art studios, library, advisory assistance, etc.

Research using human or animal subjects requires prior approval by the appropriate committee (YSU Human Subjects Research Committee or YSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee).

The oral defense is a public presentation and must be advertised within the college.

Additional thesis and dissertation information is available on the College of Graduate Studies website.