Thesis and Dissertation

For TWU guidelines and requirements for the Thesis/Dissertation, please review the Thesis, Dissertation, & Professional Paper Technical Manual and the TWU Graduate School YouTube Channel.


All students completing a thesis or dissertation must complete a prospectus that is approved by the Research Committee and the Dean of the Graduate School prior to beginning research.

Deadline: Graduate School approval must be obtained no later than the semester prior to the semester in which a student intends to graduate. A student cannot enroll in 5993/6993 until their prospectus has been approved.

If IRB approval is needed, this should be obtained prior to submission to the Graduate School.


Writing and Research Resources

TWU offers various resources to assist you with your writing and research:

  • The Write Site offers peer-led tutoring in online and in-person formats
  • The CRDA can assist with proposal development, data collection, pre-analysis, analysis as well as the presentation of findings
  • Subject Librarians can help you research more efficiently and effectively
  • The library also offers physical copies and digital access to the most common style guide manuals through their Writing & Citing LibGuide.

For extra style guide assistance, please refer to the Graduate School Resource Guide for your selected style guide:

Formatting Resources

The TWU Graduate School has compiled a list of video tutorials focusing on the most common errors. Topics range from Table of Contents, List of Tables/Figures, and more! Video tutorials can be accessed at the Graduate School’s YouTube channel.

Each video contains captions, but if more support is needed, please contact the Graduate School for assistance.

Faculty Resources

The responsibilities of the Research Committee include:

  • guiding the student during the major study,
  • evaluating the student’s total progress and achievement, and
  • maintaining high standards of scholarship.

To request a thesis/dissertation workshop or presentation, please complete our Request Form.

For more Faculty information, please review the Graduate Faculty page.


It is the student’s responsibility for meeting Degree Completion deadlines set by the Graduate School, but also any deadlines set by the academic program. Students need to defend their document two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Students will submit their thesis/dissertation to the ETD/Vireo system.

Documents to Submit:

Submit Here


Jaclyn Kliman
Graduate Reader/Editor

Graduate Reader/Editor reviews dissertations and theses for grammar and citations once they have been successfully defended.

Caroline Scott
Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Editor

Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Editor reviews dissertations and theses for formatting only.

Page last updated 9:51 AM, May 23, 2024