Thesis and Dissertation

SPRING 2020 DEADLINE DATESTASK to be COMPLETED
Friday, April 3Last day to defend a thesis or dissertation. Note: your program may have an earlier deadline. Extensions may be requested by your committee chairperson via email.
Friday, April 10Upload document to ProQuest for review by Graduate School Dean.
Monday, April 27Printed final copy due to the Graduate School. See guide for details.

SUMMER 2020 DEADLINE DATESTASK to be COMPLETED
Friday, July 10Last day to defend a thesis or dissertation. Note: your program may have an earlier deadline. Extensions may be requested by your committee chairperson via email.
Friday, July 17Upload document to ProQuest for review by Graduate School Dean.
Monday, August 3Printed final copy due to the Graduate School. See guide for details.

FALL 2020
DEADLINE DATES
TASK to be COMPLETED
Friday, November 13Last day to defend a thesis or dissertation. Note: your program may have an earlier deadline. Extensions may be requested by your committee chairperson via email.
Friday, November 20Upload document to ProQuest for review by Graduate School Dean.
Monday, December 7Printed final copy due to the Graduate School. See guide for details.

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.

Thesis and Dissertation Guide

The Thesis & 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.

What are my responsibilities?
  1. Students pursuing a master’s degree where a thesis is optional, 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.

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