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The Graduate School - Thesis, Dissertation, Specialist Projects


Students in programs requiring a thesis, specialist project, or dissertation are encouraged to begin research and writing as early as possible. 

Graduate School Formatting Guidelines

Submission Deadlines

Fall 2020 - Friday, November 20, 2020
Spring 2021 - Friday, April 9, 2021
Summer 2021 - Friday, July 9, 2021

Deposition Process

  1. Student will format the document according to the Graduate School Guidelines and use the pdf fillable template for the signature page.
  2. Committee members will digitally sign the signature page upon the successful defense.
    Note: The signature page does not substitute for the Comprehensive Exam/Capstone submission. The committee chair must submit the Comprehensive Exam/Capstone on TopNet and also submit passing grades in all 599, 699, and 799 courses.           
  3. Committee and student will review the final document for all content, academic integrity, and formatting prior to submission.
  4. Student will insert the completed signature page and submit the final, pdf document to graduate.school@wku.edu.
  5. Student will complete the online Copyright Permission.
  6. The Graduate School will complete a final review of formatting and submit to the WKU library for publication on TopSCHOLAR.
  7. The library will notify the student of publication via email.

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 Last Modified 9/7/20