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The Thesis & Dissertation Office at Boise State University strives to help students through every stage of the thesis and dissertation process. Please call or visit us if we may be of any assistance. Our office is located on the third floor of the Riverfront Hall, room 307, and our hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. You may contact the Thesis & Dissertation Office via e-mail thesis@boisestate.edu or by phone at 208-426-3604 or 208-426-1026.

  • May 2017 Graduation Deadlines

    December 9, 2016

    Last Day to submit advisor-approved version of thesis or dissertation along with signed Final Reading Approval and Access Agreement for Thesis or Dissertation in order to be eligible for a thesis/dissertation enrollment requirement waiver for the Spring term.

    January 13, 2017

    Last day to apply for graduation using my.Boisestate.edu without incurring a late fee.

    January 23, 2017

    Last day to add graduate dissertation, thesis, project, or portfolio credit.

    March 3, 2017

    Recommended – last day for final oral dissertation or thesis defense (provide notice of defense to graduate college at least 2 weeks prior).

    March 17, 2017

    Thesis and dissertation advisor-approved version deadline.

    April 28, 2017

    Thesis and dissertation final version deadline.

    May 23, 2017

    Last day to place order for department and personal bound copies of thesis or dissertation.

    August 2017 Graduation Deadlines

    May 5, 2017

    Last Day to submit advisor-approved version of thesis or dissertation along with signed Final Reading Approval and Access Agreement for Thesis or Dissertation in order to be eligible for a thesis/dissertation enrollment requirement waiver for the Summer term.

    June 2, 2017

    Last day to apply for graduation using my.Boisestate.edu without incurring a late fee.

    May 18, 2017

    Last day to add graduate dissertation, thesis, project, or portfolio credit.

     June 16, 2017

    Recommended – last day for final oral dissertation or thesis defense (provide notice of defense to graduate college at least 2 weeks prior).

    July 7, 2017

    Thesis and dissertation advisor-approved version deadline.

    August 4, 2017

    Thesis and dissertation final version deadline.

    September 9, 2017

    Last day to place order for department and personal bound copies of thesis or dissertation.


  • “In Progress” (IP) thesis credits can negatively impact your Satisfactory Academic Progress status, since they represent credits you have not yet completed.  For further information, see the Financial Aid Office Graduate Student Information.
  • Is there a template that I can use to write my document?
    Yes. See the instructions posted on this website under “Thesis & Dissertation Template

    I’ve written most of my document already. Can I still use the template to fix my formatting?
    Yes. Though more difficult than simply writing your document within the template, it is possible to attach the thesis/dissertation template to a preexisting document.  Instructions are provided on this website under “Thesis & Dissertation Template

    Can you check my document’s formatting before I turn in a review copy?
    Definitely! You can email us at any time during your thesis/dissertation process and have us look over your document’s formatting. Our only request is that you do not make any changes to your document from the time you email it to us until the time we send the file back to you. Any future revisions should be made to the file we worked on.

    How long will it take to get my review copy back?
    In part, it depends on when you turned in your review copy. We process theses/dissertations by the order in which we receive them, receiving the majority in the last few weeks before the deadline. The sooner you turn in your document, the more likely we will be able to return it to you quickly. If you wait to submit your document until close to the deadline, it will likely take about 4-6 weeks before we will be able to process it and return it to you.

    That’s a long time to wait. Why does it take so long?
    During a format review, we not only take the time to make sure each work adheres to the Graduate College’s formatting standards, we also cross-check every in-text citation with the list of references and read through each document to make sure that it is both coherent and cohesive.

    How many theses/dissertations do you receive each semester?
    In the summer semester, we receive approximately 25-30 theses and dissertations. Fall tends to bring in about the same number, but in the spring, we usually receive over 50 documents.

    The deadline to turn in my final copies is in a few days, and I still haven’t received my review copy back to make changes. Will the deadline be extended?
    Yes. You will be given a week from the date you receive an email letting you know that your format review is complete to make your changes and turn in your final copies.

    I don’t agree with one of the suggested changes to my review copy. Am I required to still make the change?
    Ultimately, you are the author of your own work. Formatting and reference changes should be followed closely, but if an edit threatens to alter the meaning of a sentence or section, do not make it.

    My final copies have been turned in and approved; how long do I have to wait to receive my bound copy?
    Currently the binding process takes about two months.

    I embargoed my thesis/dissertation, but I just received a letter saying that it has been published on Scholarworks. What happened?
    A letter is automatically sent to you when your work is added to the Scholarworks database; however, this does not mean that your work is available to the public. No one will be able to access the document until the embargoed period is over.


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