O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-2700

Office Hours during Winter 2017 semester:
Monday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Thesis/Dissertation Format Appointment Request

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.

Important dates


January 4, 2017: Winter classes begin at 7:30 a.m.  

January 27, 2017: Final date for graduate students to submit the online application for graduation for Winter 2017 semester. 

March 15, 2017: Last day to defend Thesis.

March 22, 2017: 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 22. If you do not meet approval by this date, you will be denied graduation for Winter 2017 and must update your graduation semester. 

March 29, 2017: Last day to submit required copies of approved Thesis to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning for binding in fulfillment of degree requirements. 

April 18, 2017: Winter Classes end at 10:00 p.m. 

You may also download a hard copy of these important Winter 2017 deadlines

Format appointment requirements

When submitting a thesis or dissertation, three appointments are required with OU’s thesis/dissertation coordinator. Meetings are by appointment only; no walk-ins are accepted. Review the Guide for the Preparation of Thesis and Dissertations prior to your appointment. You should also review the Dissertation Process Flow and/or Thesis Process Flow.

First Appointment
Before defense, you must meet with the thesis/dissertation coordinator for initial review. It is expected that the thesis or dissertation being presented has been thoroughly examined for format compliance with the Guide to the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations before the pre-defense review, and any format errors have been resolved. During the pre-defense review, all sections of the thesis or dissertation (preliminary pages, chapters, appendices and references) will be examined, and necessary formatting revisions will be addressed, identified and resolved.

Second Appointment
After the thesis or dissertation has been defended successfully and all revisions required by the advisory committee have been completed and approved, you must make an appointment with the thesis/dissertation coordinator to present a clean, unbound copy for final approval. Final approval will be granted once it is concluded the manuscript complies with preparation guidelines and conforms to the university's standards. Copies on cotton content paper may not be printed, until format approval is given by the thesis/dissertation coordinator.

Third Appointment
To be considered for approval for graduation, three copies of the defended theses or dissertation that meets all format requirements, as well as all other required documents, must be submitted by the posted deadline for the intended semester of graduation.

Submit all materials to:

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