Dissertations and Theses
In their dissertations, DMA documents, and theses, graduate students are expected to demonstrate the ability to conduct a scholarly investigation at an advanced level. The details of the scholarly study and the means of pursuing it are determined jointly by the graduate student, advisor, and advisory committee.
Graduate students who are writing theses, DMA documents, and dissertations should seek feedback from their advisors while writing. In addition, graduate students are strongly encouraged to participate in workshops offered by the Graduate School and to consult with staff members at Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing who are trained in giving feedback about writing.
Ohio State dissertations, DMA documents, and theses are submitted electronically and are available via OhioLINK, the Ohio Library and Information Network. Dissertations and DMA documents are also archived with ProQuest/UMI.
The dissertation is a scholarly contribution to knowledge in the doctoral student's area of specialization. By conducting research and writing a dissertation, doctoral students are expected to demonstrate a high level of knowlege and the capability to function as independent scholars.
Doctoral students should consult with a Graduate School Graduation Services staff member at least once during the preparation of their documents to receive format advice and guidance. A format review by the Graduate School is required at the two-week notice of final defense. Graduation Services can also answer any questions doctoral students may have about the electronic submission of doctoral dissertations.
Master's degree programs give students the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and necessary skills in a field in order to engage in research and other scholarly activities, to teach, and to become practitioners. A thesis may be part of this preparation. Master’s students are urged to consult with a Graduate School Graduation Services staff member at least once prior to submitting their thesis. The staff member will help make sure that the document complies with the Graduate School’s thesis guidelines.