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Thesis

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The Graduate School

Address:
McKelvie Hall
102 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone:610-436-2943
Fax: 610-436-2763


Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm


The Graduate School Information:
Email: GradSchool@wcupa.edu

Graduate Admissions Information:
Email: GradAdmissions@wcupa.edu


Additional Contact Information

Thesis & Doctoral Culminating Projects

As we work to improve the thesis and doctoral culminating projects processes, this page is continually being updated. Please check back for continued improvements. Below you will find important information that will assist you as it relates to deadlines, forms, and submission. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate School:

thesisdoc@wcupa.edu

Deadlines

For a December Graduation:

October 1: Deadline to apply for graduation through mywcu
November 1: Doctoral candidates confirm project title for commencement program
November 24: Theses & Doctoral Projects signed off by committee due for online submission (see Submission section).  Doctoral candidates who meet this deadline will be permitted to walk in the December commencement ceremony.

For a May Graduation:

February 1: Deadline to apply for graduation through mywcu
March 29: Doctoral candidates confirm project title for commencement program
April 20: Theses & Doctoral Projects signed off by committee due for online submission (see Submission section).   Doctoral candidates who meet this deadline will be permitted to walk in the May commencement ceremony.

For an August Graduation:

June 1: Deadline to apply for graduation through mywcu
July 30: Theses & Doctoral Projects signed off by committee due for online submission (see Submission section).  Doctoral candidates whose degrees are conferred in August are eligible to walk in the Fall commencement ceremony.

Forms

Research Compliance Form - Students doing a thesis or doctoral culminating project, must submit this form before starting research.

Style and Formatting Information:
Thesis & Doctoral Culminating Projects Style and Formatting Information

Preliminary Pages Information and Template:
Thesis & Doctoral Project Preliminary Pages Template

Approval Pages Information and Templates:
Masters Thesis Approval Pages Instructions and Templates
DPA Approval Page Instructions and Template
DNP Approval Page Instructions and Template
EdD Approval Page Instructions and Template

Other:
Masters Thesis Examining Committee Form  - Please note, as of Fall 2018, this form is optional and for use by programs that require it.

Submission

Effective for Spring 2018, all students will submit their thesis or doctoral culminating project through the online submission process.  Please find the applicable guides to assist you in the process.

1) Master's Thesis Submission Guide
2) Doctoral Dissertation and Capstone Project Submission Guide

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

thesisdoc@wcupa.edu

 

Binding

WCU offers students affordable options to bind their thesis or doctoral culminating project, through HF Group.  Please note, as of Spring 2018, binding is not a university requirement, rather an option for interested students.

Option 1: Drop off thesis to FH Library on campus.

Contact: Cathleen Dunn

cdunn@wcupa.edu

and Pat Newland

pnewland@wcupa.edu


Please arrange a time in advance for dropping off the manuscript.

Cost: $20.86 per copy, Money orders should be made out to HF Group.

Option 2: Mail your thesis to FH Library on campus

Contact: Cathleen Dunn

cdunn@wcupa.edu

and Pat Newland

pnewland@wcupa.edu


Please email Cathleen Dunn and Pat Newland in advance to discuss mailing options and requirements.

Cost: $20.86 per copy, Money orders should be made out to HF Group.

Option 3: Order online

HF Group Website

Cost: Printing of document: $.10 a page, black and white; $.75 a page, color
          Binding of document: $30.00 per copy

If more than three copies are bound at one time, the fourth and subsequent copies are $25.00 per copy. If you complete the online request form via HF Group’s website, you will be given a total cost before submitting your order.

It is more cost effective to order through the library (options 1 and 2), which requires a money order.  We have provided the additional option through direct online ordering for those that would prefer this method for the convenience of paying with a credit/debit card.

Note, thesis/doctoral culminating projects should not be sent for binding until they have been through the submission process, and you have received a confirmation email that your project has been accepted by the Graduate Dean.

FAQS

  1. What is the process for submitting my master’s thesis or doctoral project?
    Upon successful presentation or defense of your thesis or doctoral project, please complete the following steps:
    • Submit the Approval Page with your committee signatures to the Graduate School (102 W Rosedale Ave, West Chester, PA 19383). Please work with your Committee Chair to have the hard copy approval page delivered to our office via interoffice mail, hand delivered, or regular mail (102 W Rosedale Ave, West Chester, PA 19382). You can also have it sent as a PDF attachment to THESISDOC@WCUPA.EDU. If we receive a submitted master’s thesis or doctoral project prior to receiving the approval page, we will reach out to the committee chairperson and student.
    • Digitally submit your master’s thesis or doctoral project via digitalcommons.wcupa.edu. for a formatting and compliance review. Please review the submission guidelines above.
  2. What if I need to make changes to the document?
    • You will be able to upload a revised Microsoft Word or PDF document via the link provided to you from the post-Submission Email. You may also be required to submit a revised Microsoft Word or PDF Document during the formatting and compliance review process. If you discover additional edits that need to be made while your document is under review, please send an email to THESISDOC@WCUPA.EDU.
  3. How do I obtain the Graduate Dean’s signature?
    Once your master’s thesis or doctoral project has been approved by your committee, a copy of your approval page with all signatures except for the Graduate Dean is submitted to the Graduate School. Once the Graduate Dean has accepted your thesis, your form will be signed and placed in your student record.
  4. What do I include in the document upload into Digital Commons?
    Your electronically submitted Microsoft word document should include the following in single file in the following order:
    • Preliminary Pages (template available here)
      • Title Page
      • Dedication (optional)
      • Acknowledgements
      • Abstract (250 words max)
      • Table of Contents
      • List of Tables (if required)
      • List of Figures (if required)
    • Thesis manuscript and references (as outlined in the Table of Contents)
    • Appendices (if applicable)
  5. What document types can I upload?
    • Microsoft Word or PDF
  6. I do not see my degree name listed. What do I put?
  7. I do not see my program listed. What do I put?
  8. How long is the review process?
    • Anticipated review period for fall 2018 is 2 weeks after submission.

Special thanks to Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s School of Graduate Studies and Research for allowing us to modify portions of their thesis/doctoral materials for our use.

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