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Thesis & Dissertation Office

The new school year is upon us! My name is Wayne Cochrane and I am the Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator here at Boise State.  I am excited to learn about all the wonderful research taking place on this campus. I am humbled and amazed at how much you have taught me, and I want to encourage all graduate students to use my office from day one of your experience through graduation. The quality of your journey here is of the utmost importance to us and we are committed to helping students through every stage of the process, offering our encouragement and support all the way to the finish line. In that spirit, the Fall semester is a fresh start—a time of beginning—and a great time to evaluate and innovate. I hope you join me this Fall as we roll out a new program designed to enhance your graduate experience here at Boise State: Bronco Finish Line!

We can’t wait to meet you and help you cross your finish line – for more information, please visit

My office is here to assist your endeavors in any way we can, all you have to do is stop by and see us.  We are located in Riverfront Hall, Room 307, via e-mail at or by phone at 426-3604 or 426-1026.  You can also book an appointment with Wayne.

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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?

We would love to help! You can contact us any time during your writing process and have us check your document’s formatting.  If you submit your document to us, please do not make any changes until we have returned your document. Any future revisions should be made to the file that we have worked on.

How long will it take to get my review copy back?

We process theses/dissertations in the order in which we receive them.  We receive the majority in the weeks leading up to the deadline. The sooner you turn in your document, the quicker we will be able to return it to you. If you wait to submit your document until close to the deadline, it can take up to 4-6 weeks before we will be able to process it and return it to you.  We receive approximately 25-30 theses and dissertations in the summer and fall, while in the spring we typically receive 50 documents.  Please keep this in mind as you prepare to submit for review.

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.

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.

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.