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Graduate Studies

Thesis

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Graduate Studies

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


Phone:610-436-2943
Fax: 610-436-2763
Email:gradstudy@wcupa.edu


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


Graduate Assistanships Information:
gradassistantships@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 throughout the spring and summer 2018 terms 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 Graduate Studies:

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 submission to the Office of Graduate Studies.  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 submission to the Office of Graduate Studies.   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 submission to the Office of Graduate Studies.  Doctoral candidates whose degrees are conferred in August are eligible to walk in the Fall commencement ceremony.

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. How do I obtain the Graduate Dean’s signature?
    Once your thesis or doctoral project has been approved by your committee, a hard copy of your approval page with all signatures except for the Graduate Dean.  Once the Graduate Dean has approved your thesis, this signature line will be filled in.

    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). If we receive a submitted thesis prior to receiving hard copy signature pages we will reach out to the Committee Chairperson and student.

  2. 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:
         o Preliminary Pages
              Title Page
              Approval Page – blank, with no signatures
              Dedication (optional)
              Acknowledgements
              Abstract
              Table of Contents
              List of Tables (if required)
              List of Figures (if required)
         o Thesis manuscript and references (as outlined in the Table of Contents)
         o Appendicies (if applicable)
      

         Please refer to the formatting guide above for proper formatting of all pages. 

         More FAQs to be answered shortly.

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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