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Graduate School 5 Thesis Guidelines

Thesis Guidelines

This webpage is for students completing Thesis or Dissertations in the programs listed below.


Biology, Master of Science

English, Master of Arts

Chemistry, Master of Science

History, Master of Arts

Communication Disorders, Master of Arts

Occupation Therapy, Master of Science

Criminology and Criminal Justice, Master of Science

Psychology (General), Master of Science

Education Leadership and Policy, Doctor of Education (EDD)

Recreation and Park Administration, Master of Science


*Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts follow the submission instructions but DO NOT need to follow the formatting guidelines.*



Thesis Submission Deadlines for Graduation

  • April 11 – Spring Graduation (May)
  • July 2 – Summer Graduation (August)
  • November 10 – Fall Graduation (December)


The Graduate School now only accepts theses and dissertations submitted electronically. Students preparing graduate theses/dissertations should carefully review the Thesis Guidelines and prepare your document according to the specific instructions.

Start Here – Download Formatting Guidelines
Ready to Write? –
 Use the Thesis/Dissertation Template
Checklist – Thesis Guidelines Summary

To help you with the formatting of your thesis, students are strongly encouraged to use the formatting specifications provided on the EKU Thesis Template Example. Everything in red must be filled in by you. This example template provides the format for the basic thesis pages; some disciplines may use additional sections. See the Thesis Guidelines for detailed instructions.


Thesis/Dissertation Submission Instructions

Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) will be published with ProQuest® UMI and also in EKU’s institutional repository. Electronic theses and dissertations will be available to other scholars and individuals through the internet. All ETDs must be submitted to ProQuest as a requirement for graduation. The process for submission and acceptance of electronic theses and dissertations is as follows:


  1. Candidates who have successfully completed their defense should complete the electronic ETD Submission form and Permission to Use form and email it to
    *If you signed and dated the Permission to Use form and it was included with final document sent by committee then you do not need to send it again.
  2. The Chair of the thesis/dissertation committee should email an electronic Word version of the thesis or dissertation along with the committee Signature form to
  3. Candidates will be notified by EKU email with instructions to enter biographical information into the ProQuest website.
  4. Candidates will be notified via EKU email for formatting changes required before final publication. You will not be cleared to graduate until your thesis has been approved by the Graduate School and the final submission to ProQuest has been made.


Personal copies can be purchased during the electronic submission process or you order copies by contacting Proquest Author Services at You may also inquire about options and pricing with commercial binder H/F Group at (800) 334-3628.


Other Resources that may assist in your thesis/dissertation development:

Noel Studio – The Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, located in the heart of the Crabbe Library, provides graduate consultations for all types of communication projects. Students may bring sections of their thesis or dissertation in for a consultation at any stage of the process. Consultants can provide feedback on global issues in your thesis or dissertation, such as consistency, organization, and coherence.

Questions and Answers on Copyright for the Campus Community: You will have the option to copyright your document through the electronic thesis submission process. This will provide you will a detailed background of Copyright details.

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