The Graduate College Guide to Preparing and Submitting a Thesis

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THE GRADUATE COLLEGE GUIDE TO PREPARING AND SUBMITTING A THESIS OR DISSERTATION by The Graduate College of Texas State University

Effective for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Graduate College Deans: Andrea Golato, Dean Eric Paulson, Associate Dean Sandhya Rao, Assistant Dean

COPYRIGHT by The Graduate College 2017

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page LIST OF TABLES ............................................................................................................ vii LIST OF FIGURES ......................................................................................................... viii CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION TO THE GUIDE ...................................................................1 Purpose of the Guide ....................................................................... 1 Revisions to the Guide .................................................................................1 Forms Referenced in the Guide ...................................................................1 Resources for Thesis/Dissertation Students .................................................2 II. ESTABLISHING A COMMITTEE .............................................................. 4 Thesis/Dissertation Committee Members ............................................... 4 Committee Chair ..............................................................................4 Selection of Other Committee Members .........................................5 Thesis Committee Composition ................................................ 5 Dissertation Committee Composition ..................................... 6 Changes in Committee Members: Thesis ........................................9 Changes in Committee Members: Dissertation .............................10 Availability of Committee Members .........................................................10 III. RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH ...............................................11 Plagiarism ..................................................................................................11 Using Copyrighted Materials .....................................................................11 Laws and University Regulations ..............................................................12 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee ..........................................13 Institutional Review Board ........................................................................13 Sponsored or Shared Research Initiatives ............................................. 14

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IV. THESIS/DISSERTATION PROPOSAL ........................................................15 Proposal Preparation ..................................................................................15 Required Permits and Approvals ...............................................................15 Submission of the Thesis Proposal ............................................................15 Submission of the Dissertation Proposal and Proposal Defense ...............15 Signature Policy for Paperwork .................................................................16 Changes in the Thesis/Dissertation Topic..................................................17 V. Ph.D./Ed.D. ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY PROCEDURE ...............18 Comprehensive Examination .....................................................................18 Defense of the Dissertation Proposal .........................................................18 Advancement to Candidacy .......................................................................19 VI. THESIS AND DISSERTATION COURSES .................................................20 Required Thesis/Dissertation Credit ..........................................................20 Thesis Coursework ..................................................................... 20 Dissertation Coursework ...................................................... 20 Registering for Thesis/Dissertation during the Final Semester .............. 21 Thesis Cou