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Formatting and Submission Requirements for a Research Paper, Thesis, Creative Project, or Dissertation

Graduate School Requirements for All Papers and Projects

All papers and projects must be submitted by the deadline for each semester.

Your department and advisory committee are responsible for determining the manual of style to be followed in writing a research paper, thesis, creative project, or dissertation. However, the Graduate School determines the proper formatting and submission procedures for the product.  Follow the requirements and utilize the forms in the pdf file below to format and submit your project correctly.

Please download this pdf file:

072314BSUGradFormattingSubmissionRequirements.pdf (Current Version: 7/23/14)

for universal formatting and submission requirements for all graduate product submissions.  The pdf file also contains necessary forms and instructions for submitting your product.

For more information on your final product options, see the Graduate Catalog.

Additional information about electronic submission of your final product.

Additional Student Responsibilities

1. Application for Graduation
a. All students must file an application for graduation to receive their diplomas. Students may apply online or come to the Graduate School for an application. In general, applications for graduation are due by the end of the fourth week of fall and spring semesters or the end of the second week in a summer semester. See the deadlines.
b. The University Bookstore must receive the student's cap and gown measurement form promptly. Payment is due at the time the cap and gown is ordered.
c. Prior to the completion of course requirements, students who have received certain types of loans must make an appointment for an exit interview. Visit the financial aid.

2. Submission of Papers
a. Ordinarily papers are due four weeks before the close of fall and spring semesters and two weeks before the close of summer semester. See the deadlines.

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