Graduation Information

Graduation Deadlines can be found on the Graduate School Calendar.

All candidates must meet certain requirements in thesis preparation. Thesis format requirements have been separated into two categories:

  1. Departmental format requirements that will be reviewed by the student’s home department, covering such matters as how figures are prepared and numbered; style of references; placement of notes; headings; chapter headings; etc.,
  2. University format requirements that will be reviewed by the Thesis/Dissertation Office covering paper requirements; typeface and quality; spacing; margins, page numbering; title page; and abstract.

General guidelines for completing the final examination and thesis are:

  • Inform the PULSe office that you wish to be registered as a candidate for the session the degree is expected.
  • Submit a first draft of the thesis to the major professor and obtain the departmental guidelines regarding departmental format requirements.
  • Visit the Thesis and Dissertation Office website for University format requirements. Contact: 765-494-3231 or
  • At least three weeks before the final examination date, submit an approval request for the Final Examination G.S. Form 8. Final examinations must be held before the last week of classes. When the Graduate School approves the G.S. From 8, an approved copy of the form will be sent to the departmental graduate office. Doctoral candidates will receive the required on line exit questionnaires information.
  • Prepare a final copy of the thesis. This Deposit Copy will incorporate all editorial changes and modifications requested by the members of the Examining Committee and will comply with both University and Department format requirements. The abstract in the dissertation can be no longer than 350 words. Once a committee member has signed the Thesis Acceptance, the document is approved by that individual.
  • Submit the Deposit Copy of the thesis electronically to the Thesis/Dissertation Office before the last day of classes of the semester the degree is expected. The Deposit Copy will be reviewed by the Thesis/Dissertation Office to see that University format requirements have been met. No changes may be made to the thesis after it has been deposited.
  • Submit a Thesis Receipt to the Graduate School Office, Young Grad House, before the last day of classes of the semester the degree is expected. The exit questionnaire and National Research Council questionnaire also need to be completed online. Instructions will be provided by the Graduate School Office.
  • Complete the PULSe Exit Survey.

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