The Office of Graduate Studies will continue to accept theses for review on the schedule given below (under Deadlines.) Due to coronavirus concerns, the Office recommends that thesis defenses be completed via Zoom or other method compliant with university policy regarding COVID-19 restrictions University theses have formerly required signatures from the thesis committee members. While restrictions are in effect, rather than submitting a signature page with the signatures of the thesis committee, please ask each thesis committee member to send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org using a subject line of "Thesis Approval: Student Name" after they have approved the thesis. For Departmental theses, a single email approval from your thesis advisor is required. The remainder of the thesis review process for both types of theses is handled electronically and requires no modification.
You are about to embark on one of the most important aspects of a master’s degree, the preparation of a master’s thesis. The thesis will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate the ideas, research skills, and creative abilities you have gained during your graduate work.
As with your previous master’s coursework, the first place to begin this new endeavor is with your department. The most important person in your department at this time will be your thesis advisor. You should select an advisor who is a good match with your research interests and with whom you have a good academic and working relationship. The selection and definition of a research topic and methodology is a key element for completing a successful thesis. Your thesis advisor is the person who will help you do this and who will guide you through the content and research requirements of the thesis.
The university recognizes two types of theses, University theses, and Departmental theses. Your program will specify which one you should complete, or perhaps provide an option of either. University theses must comply with university guidelines regarding formatting, while your program will define the format required for a Departmental thesis.
If you are completing a University thesis, the Office of Graduate Studies will assist you with the style and format of your thesis. This University Thesis Writing Guide and the Thesis Format One-Pager present the requirements to follow when you write your thesis. Reading and following these guidelines will help you to prepare a thesis that will be in conformance with university standards and thus acceptable for format and style. If you are completing a Departmental thesis, and your department does not provide a specified format for your thesis, you may wish to follow the University thesis format guidelines in order to produce a thesis of professional quality. Questions of content and academic quality are determined by the thesis advisor in your department.
if you are completing a University thesis, after you have read the Thesis Format One-Pager and the University Thesis Writing Guide, please email email@example.com if you have any questions concerning style and format not covered in these pages. If you are completing a Departmental thesis, please contact your program coordinator with any questions. I encourage you to clear up any questions before the preparation of your final draft.
Congratulations on your graduate work to date and best wishes on your thesis.
Kevin Brown, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies
A University Thesis is a formal presentation of an objective, critical investigation. It is to be written in a formal, scholarly manner in standard English. The quality of both the presentation and content of the finished thesis is a major consideration in its acceptance by the University.
A University Thesis demonstrates originality, clear purpose, appropriate organization, critical analysis, independent thinking, and accurate and complete documentation. Style, language, and punctuation must be consistent. Description, cataloging, compilation, or other simple procedures are not adequate.
The Office of Graduate Studies will assist students completing University theses with the required format and style.
Following the guidelines in The University Thesis Writing Guide will help you to prepare a thesis that will be in conformance with University standards and thus acceptable for format and style. You also have available to you the Thesis Format One-Pager to be used as a quick reference tool.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Departmental Thesis is very similar to a University Thesis in terms of objective and content. The main distinction is that the format of a departmental thesis is specified by your department rather than the university. As a result, Departmental theses do not undergo format review by the Office of Graduate Studies.
For questions, please contact your program coordinator or thesis advisor.
For both types of theses, the Thesis Advisor in your department can answer questions regarding content or academic quality.
Students completing a University Thesis are responsible for submitting their thesis for Format Review by the Format Review deadline for the semester in which they intend to graduate. Students completing a Departmental Thesis should not submit their thesis for review by the Office of Graduate Studies. Their department will determine the appropriate format. They should however submit an electronic copy of their thesis to the University Library for inclusion in ScholarWorks, the CSUEB institutional repository.
The Signature Page should not be signed. The page must be approved for format before signatures are obtained.
These are firm deadlines and you must meet both. Otherwise, your graduation will be delayed.
|Semester||Format Review||Electronic Library Submissions Due|
|Summer 2020||July 10, 2020||July 31, 2020|
|Fall 2020||October 23, 2020||December 11, 2020|
|Spring 2021||March 26, 2021||May 14, 2021|
|Summer 2021||July 9, 2021||July 30, 2021|
Students should contact the IRB Coordinator early in their thesis planning process and should submit their completed application (protocol) to the IRB at least two months before they plan to begin their research.
Any research involving surveys, experiments, questionnaires, interviews, and similar methodology involves research with human subjects. Theses in the social and behavioral sciences, education, health fields and management/ administration will probably require this review.
For further questions, contact the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs .
Work closely with your thesis committee chair to review your progress, and revise as directed until your committee judges your thesis to be acceptable and complete.
Be sure to include all mandatory elements. Theses must contain the four sections that are listed below in bold-faced type. Additional sections, as listed below and marked by asterisks (*), are optional. Sections must be assembled in the following order:
Title Page and Signature Page. Use the templates in the University Thesis Writing Guide as tools to help you determine whether your Title Page and Approval Page have been formatted correctly.
Create a typed version following the instructions on the template. Insert the same number of blank lines as indicated on the templates.
Please note that you must type each committee member’s name under each corresponding signature line.
Hold your typed Title Page or Signature Page up to the light along with a copy of the appropriate template to check alignment of all elements. Note: Alignment of the elements on your typed pages will vary slightly depending upon the font, etc.
For students completing a Departmental Thesis, please contact your program coordinator for details regarding required formatting.
Note: Faculty members are not expected to take time to make extensive corrections or revisions. They are encouraged, instead, to return draft materials to the student with general instructions and suggestions for bringing the thesis up to required departmental and University standards.
If your department or committee requires an oral thesis defense, you must have successfully defended your thesis prior to submitting it for format review.
Your thesis should be defended and all committee-requested changes should be made prior to submitting your thesis for format review. All that should change between the first and second format review deadlines should be the formatting changes required by the Thesis Editor.
There can be no changes in content once the thesis has been submitted for format review – only minor formatting changes requested by the Thesis Editor can be made in that time period. So we ask that the thesis be defended prior to submission for format changes.
Students completing a Departmental thesis should contact their program coordinator for questions regarding formatting of their thesis.
At CSUEB, your thesis will be published electronically. To publish the thesis, submit the final electronic version (PDF) of the thesis to the Library for inclusion in ScholarWorks, the CSUEB Institutional Repository.
Complete and sign the Non-Exclusive Distribution License and Availability Agreement. The Department Chair signature is only required for Embargo.
Email the License Agreement and a PDF version of the complete thesis, including a copy of the signed Signature Page to email@example.com.
For University Theses, submit the original signed Signature Page to the Graduate Studies Office (SA 4500) by the deadline. Please see note regarding signatures under coronavirus restrictions at the top of the page. After the Library receives the thesis, the Office of Graduate Studies will notify the graduation evaluators in the Records Office that your thesis has been accepted.
For Departmental Theses,
Ask your thesis advisor to send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org using a subject line of "Thesis Approval: Student Name" to verify that your thesis is complete and ready to be archived. Please ask your advisor to include your name, department, and thesis title in the email message.
By default, items in CSUEB’s Institutional Repository are open access, meaning that anyone can access your work through ScholarWorks, the library catalog, or searching online via a search engine like Google or Bing. This brings greater visibility to your work and makes it more likely to be seen and used by other scholars.
We strongly encourage you to not place access restrictions on deposited items. However, we understand that there may be times when restricted access is necessary. Please check with your thesis advisor and/or any journals you are planning to submit your thesis to for publication if you have any concerns.
Embargo (aka restricted access) The act of restricting access to a deposited item is an embargo. Items deposited in CSUEB’s ScholarWorks may be embargoed for six months, one year, or two years, if necessary, as is standard practice by many institutional repositories (for example, Duke University, University of Washington, and ProQuest). However, once again, we strongly encourage you to not place an embargo on your work.
While the full-text PDF of your thesis will not be available online during the embargo period, we will place a record for your embargoed work in ScholarWorks, making note of the date when the full text will become available after the expiration of the embargo.
Embargoes upon items deposited in CSUEB’s ScholarWorks are rarely necessary, as many publishers, including Nature Publishing Group allow for the deposit of pre-submission versions of work in Institutional Repositories prior to publication.
You can find out the pre-print, post-print, and embargo policies of many journals by searching the Sherpa/RoMEO database, a service provided by University of Nottingham.
You and your thesis advisor may discuss what need, if any, there is for an embargo before submitting your thesis and you will need to note your decision on the Non- Exclusive Distribution and Availability Agreement. If you choose not to restrict access to your thesis by placing it under embargo, you do not need your advisor to sign the form.
If you have any questions, email the email@example.com or call the University Archives at 510-885-3892.
Some departments also require 1 or 2 printed and bound copies. Pleas verify this requirement with your Thesis Chair.
If a bound copy is required, or you desire a bound copy for your own records, you may contact a thesis binding service and contract with them individually. The following two thesis binding services are recommended:
PhD Book Binding at: https://phdbookbinding.com/
Kater Crafts at: http://www.katercrafts.com/