Thesis Checklist

Each graduate student forms their own thesis committee and schedules a meeting with that committee to approve their research plan before proceeding with their research.

  1. Determine research interest by discussing with Faculty and conducting a literature search;
  2. Form your committee comprised of your Committee Chair and two other faculty members (three people);
  3. Have thesis proposal approved by committee, include a timeline for how the work will progress to meet graduation goal date;
  4. Complete the IRB application by working with your Chair;
     Be aware of the IRB Meeting Dates and Deadlines
  5. Conduct research;
  6. Write thesis, adhere to the formatting requirements from the Graduate School; 
  7. Schedule and defend your thesis – check the Graduate School for the last date to defend and work back from there;
  8. Make revisions and recommended changes;
  9. Make an appointment with Hollie Anderson ( in 203 Funkhouser to finalize your thesis and submit it to the Graduate School. Review the Submission Guide for details.
  10. Once it is submitted and the fee is paid, check the format of the final document on 

Review the Thesis Defense Rubric 

Browse the Theses and Dissertations online. 

The base thesis fee is $14.00. The fee must be paid at Student Account Services, 18 Funkhouser Building or online via myUK. The fee will be added to your Student Account after the final thesis is accepted by The Graduate School. No diplomas will be released without payment of the applicable thesis fees