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The Graduate School - Thesis, Dissertation, Specialist Projects

 Title Page (measured)

Signature Page (measured)

Mock Thesis (Word PDF)

Mock Specialist Project (Word PDF)

Mock Dissertation (Word PDF)



Students in programs requiring a thesis, specialist project, or dissertation are encouraged to begin research and writing as early as possible.  The following links include guidelines and information when preparing your document.  

Deposition Process

Students will submit three items to the Graduate School for publication: 1) an electronic copy of the document; 2) the completed Copyright Permission form; and 3) the original signature page. The step-by-step process is:

  1. Successfully defend the thesis or dissertation for the committee. The committee and student will review the document for all content, academic integrity, and formatting. (See the Formatting Guidelines above.)
  2. Complete the Copyright Permission form and email it along with an electronic copy of the thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School (        
  3. Student will obtain signatures of the committee members on the signature page and submit this original page to the Graduate School (Wetherby Administration Building, Rm 207) which will be reviewed/approved by the Graduate School Dean and electronically inserted into the document for completion.
    Note: The Comprehensive Exam form does not substitute for the signature page; the graduate adviser must separately submit the Comprehensive Exam form to the Graduate School, and the committee chair or primary advisor are responsible for submitting grades for 599, 699, and 799 courses.               
  4. The Graduate School will complete a final review of the formatting and forward the completed document and forms to the WKU library for publication on TopScholar. 
    Note: Original signature pages are available for pick-up by the student in WAB 207 for one (1) year following deposition.
  5. The library will notify the student of publication via email. 
Submission Deadlines

Spring 2017 - Friday, April 21, 2017
Summer 2017 - Friday, July 21, 2017
Fall 2017 - Friday, November 17, 2017
Spring 2018 - Friday, April 20, 2018
Summer 2018 - Friday, July 20, 2018

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
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Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
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 Last Modified 2/6/17