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Master's Students

As a master’s degree student, you are encouraged to plan ahead and submit your manuscript as early as possible to ensure ample time for necessary revisions. Delay in submission will result in postponement of your graduation date. Appointments fill quickly, so please reserve an appointment time early.

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Important dates

WINTER 2018 SEMESTER 

December 15, 2017: Payment Due Date (All winter tuition and housing is due on this payment due date regardless of class start date)

January 3, 2018: Winter classes begin at 7:30 a.m.  

January 26, 2018: Final date for graduate students to submit the online application for graduation for Winter 2018 semester. 

March 14, 2018: Last day to defend Thesis.

March 21, 2018: Last day to obtain Thesis format approval from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning. You must meet with the Thesis/Dissertation Coordinator for final draft review. You must complete ALL FORMAT CORRECTIONS and attain format approval from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, no later than MARCH 21. If you do not meet approval by this date, you will be denied graduation for Winter 2018 and must update your graduation semester. 

March 28, 2018: Last day to submit required copies of approved Thesis to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 

April 17, 2018: Winter classes end at 10:00 p.m.  


SUMMER 2018 SEMESTER 

May 7, 2018: Summer classes begin at 7:30 a.m.  

May 25, 2018: Final date for graduate students to submit the online application for graduation for Summer 2018 semester. 

July 13, 2018: Last day to defend Thesis.

July 20, 2018: Last day to obtain Thesis format approval from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning. You must meet with the Thesis/Dissertation Coordinator for final draft review. You must complete ALL FORMAT CORRECTIONS and attain format approval from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, no later than JULY 20. If you do not meet approval by this date, you will be denied graduation for Summer 2018 and must update your graduation semester. 

July 27, 2018: Last day to submit required copies of approved Thesis to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 

August 18, 2018: Summer classes end at 10:00 p.m.  


FALL 2018 SEMESTER 

September 5, 2018: Fall classes begin at 7:30 a.m.  

September 28, 2018: Final date for graduate students to submit the online application for graduation for Fall 2018 semester. 

November 2, 2018: Last day to defend Thesis.

November 9, 2018: Last day to obtain Thesis format approval from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning. You must meet with the Thesis/Dissertation Coordinator for final draft review. You must complete ALL FORMAT CORRECTIONS and attain format approval from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, no later than NOVEMBER 9. If you do not meet approval by this date, you will be denied graduation for Fall 2018 and must update your graduation semester. 

November 16, 2018: Last day to submit required copies of approved Thesis to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 

December 8, 2018: Fall classes end at 10:00 p.m.  


WINTER 2019 SEMESTER 

January 3, 2019: Winter classes begin at 7:30 a.m.  

January 25, 2019: Final date for graduate students to submit the online application for graduation for Winter 2019 semester. 

March 13, 2019: Last day to defend Thesis.

March 20, 2019: Last day to obtain Thesis format approval from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning. You must meet with the Thesis/Dissertation Coordinator for final draft review. You must complete ALL FORMAT CORRECTIONS and attain format approval from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, no later than MARCH 20. If you do not meet approval by this date, you will be denied graduation for Winter 2019 and must update your graduation semester. 

March 27, 2019: Last day to submit required copies of approved Thesis to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 

April 16, 2019: Winter classes end at 10:00 p.m.  


SUMMER 2019 SEMESTER 

May 6, 2019: Summer classes begin at 7:30 a.m.  

May 31, 2019: Final date for graduate students to submit the online application for graduation for Summer 2019 semester. 

July 12, 2019: Last day to defend Thesis.

July 19, 2019: Last day to obtain Thesis format approval from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning. You must meet with the Thesis/Dissertation Coordinator for final draft review. You must complete ALL FORMAT CORRECTIONS and attain format approval from Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, no later than JULY 19. If you do not meet approval by this date, you will be denied graduation for Summer 2019 and must update your graduation semester. 

July 26, 2019: Last day to submit required copies of approved Thesis to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 

August 17, 2019: Summer classes end at 10:00 p.m.  

Format approval process

When submitting a thesis or dissertation, you must meet with the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator three times. Once for format review, once for format approval, and once to submit your approved, printed copies for binding. Meetings are by appointment only; no walk-ins are accepted. Review the Guide for the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations prior to your appointment. You should also review the Thesis Process Flow.

First Appointment - Format Review
Your first appointment is for an initial format review. This appointment must take place before your defense and the posted review deadline. Before your review appointment, you should thoroughly examine your thesis or dissertation for format compliance with the Guide for the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations and make sure any formatting errors have been resolved. During your format review appointment, the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator will review all sections of your thesis or dissertation (preliminary pages, chapters, appendices and references) and identify any formatting revisions that need to be made prior to your second appointment. Please bring the following to your first appointment:

  • Any formatting questions you have for the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator 
  • A printed pdf copy of your thesis or dissertation
    • It can be in black and white and double-sided for this appointment
  • An electronic copy of your thesis or dissertation, saved as a Word document. You can bring your laptop with your thesis or dissertation on it, or a flash drive with the file on it
    • If you have written your thesis or dissertation using Latek, your electronic copy should be the PDF you exported from Latek. 

Second Appointment - Format Approval
Your second appointment is for format approval. It should take place after your defense but before the posted approval deadline. At your second appointment, bring a clean, unbound copy of your thesis or dissertation that incorporates your advisory committee's and the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator's required revisions. The Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator will grant final formatting approval once she has concluded that the manuscript complies with preparating guidelines, conforms to the university's standards, and address all previous requested formatting changes. You may not submit your thesis or dissertation for printing until you receive format approval from the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator at the end of your second appointment. Please bring the following to your second appointment:

  • A printed pdf copy of your thesis or dissertation
    • It can be black and white and double-sided for this appointment
  • An electronic copy of your thesis or dissertation in Word. You can bring your laptop with your thesis or dissertation on it, or a flash drive with the file on it
    • If you have written your thesis or dissertation using Latek, your electronic copy should be the PDF you exported from Latek. 
  • 2 copies of your cover page, based on the template the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator sends you 

Third Appointment - Final Submission
Your third appointment is for the final submission of your printed thesis or dissertation for binding. It must take place before the posted submission deadline. Once the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator gives you format approval at the second meeting, you will receive instructions on how to submit your thesis or dissertation to OU printing services. You must get 1 copy printed on 25% cotton content paper for submission to Graduate Study and the Kresge Library. Please bring the following to your third appointment:

  • All printed copies of your thesis or dissertation that you wish to have bound
    • This includes the 1 copy required by Graduate Study. Check with your advisor and department for department-specific requirements
  • A check made out to Oakland University for binding fee of $12.99 per bound copy requested

Submit all materials to:

Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning
O’Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4482 
(248) 370-2700
gradstudy@oakland.edu

Thesis documents & templates
  • Guide for the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations
  • Most Common Format Errors Found in Theses or Dissertations
    • This document lays out the most common errors the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator finds in theses and dissertations. Once you've finished formatting your thesis or dissertation, look over this document and check for these errors. 
  • Thesis Process Flow
  • Thesis Cover Page Template
    • Use this template to create the cover page for your thesis. You need to submit 2 copies of this cover page to the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator at your format approval appointment. Do not include this cover page in your thesis or dissertation.
  • Thesis Preliminary Pages - STEM
    • If you are writing a thesis in a STEM area, use this template to format your preliminary pages, including your title page, table of contents, acknowledgements, and list of figures. You can begin typing your thesis into this template at the end of the preliminary pages. 
  • Thesis Preliminary Pages - Non-STEM
    • If you are writing a thesis in a Non-STEM area, use this template to format your preliminary pages, including your title page, table of contents, acknowledgements, and list of figures. You can begin typing your thesis into this template at the end of the preliminary pages. 
  • Table of Contents - BIO
    • If you are earning a PhD or MS in Biology, all of your preliminary pages will follow the STEM template for your degree level. However, your Table of Contents will look slightly different. Refer to this template when creating your Table of Contents.
  • Avoid White Space 
    • This document shows you how to avoid white spaces in your text near images or tables. Make sure to scroll through all of the pages. 
  • Appendices 
    • This document shows you how to space and format appendix cover pages. 
  • APA 6th Ed. Chapter Headings 
    • This document shows you how to format and space section and subsection headings according to the 6th edition of the American Psychological Association style guide. 
  • Chapter Equivalent Headings
    • This document shows you how to format and space section and subsection headings in STEM fields dissertations and theses.