Departments determine whether they require, or provide an option for, master's students to submit a thesis. All PhD candidates will complete a dissertation. The Thesis and Dissertation Guide outlines the general timeline, policies, and procedures for producing a thesis or dissertation at the University of Central Arkansas. It is important to read and understand fully the contents of the manual, which is available from the Graduate Office or on the following link:
The student must allow sufficient time for conducting the research and writing the thesis or dissertation. A preliminary DRAFT should be presented to the Graduate School for review three weeks prior to graduation. The deadline for submission of the final copy to the Graduate School is two weeks prior to graduation. Defense of the thesis/dissertation and subsequent rewrites should be completed sufficiently in advance of this due date to avoid delay in the awarding of the degree.
Students and faculty will comply with all university policies regarding research and the use of human subjects and animals in research.