Thesis and Dissertation

Thesis – Each graduate program determines whether they require, or provide an option for, master’s students to submit a thesis.

Dissertation – All Ph.D. candidates will complete a dissertation.

Click here for complete list of Dissertations and Theses successfully defended by UCA students in 2016. GO BEARS!


The Thesis & Dissertation Guide 2016 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.

What are my responsibilities?
  1. Students pursuing a master’s degree must complete and submit to the Graduate School a Notice of Intent to Complete a Thesis form.  This will provide the necessary notification to ensure your Degree Works audit will be correct.
  2. Doctoral and master’s students must complete and submit for approval a Thesis and Dissertation Committee Selection form.  All committee members must have current Graduate Faculty status at UCA.  Selection criteria for committee members is described in the Thesis and Dissertation Guide.
  3. Students and faculty will work with the Research Compliance Officer to comply with all university policies regarding research and the use of human subjects and animals in the research.

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 five (5) weeks prior to graduation. The deadline for submission of the final copy to the Graduate School is three (3) weeks prior to graduation. Defense of the thesis/dissertation and subsequent rewrites should be completed sufficiently in advance of these due dates to avoid delay in the awarding of the degree.

Here is a handy Visual of Thesis-Dissertation Steps that the Graduate School staff has created for you!