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Thesis & Writing Resources

Graduate Research Workshops

The Office of Graduate Education & Research and the James C. Kirkpatrick Library have partnered to deliver a series of workshops aimed to provide all graduate students with a comprehensive overview of the research process, in addition to hands-on practical experience and the tools for effective research at the graduate-level.  All graduate students are encouraged to attend.  The workshops will benefit new and current students with completing class papers, literature reviews, research projects or thesis/dissertation.  Each workshop is separate, so students can attend one or all for maximum learning potential.  Please check back for details and dates for the Fall 2018 semester.


Purpose of the Thesis

Research is an essential part of graduate education.  All graduate students should become knowledgeable about research in their particular fields of study and should engage in the process of conducting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting their own personal research.  The fulfillment of a thesis requirement is a distinct advantage to students who plan to do additional graduate study or to work in certain fields of employment.

A thesis is the result of research, scholarly, or creative activity that gives evidence of independent, critical, and creative investigation.  The thesis demonstrates the ability to define and develop a problem; to understand and synthesize relevant literature; to use appropriate methodology; to analyze and interpret data; and to draw reasonable conclusions based on the investigation.

Graduate Student Responsibilities

The pursuit of a graduate degree infers a high degree of initiative on the part of the graduate student. Graduate students assume responsibility for engaging in intellectual activities at the graduate level, as well as responsibility for complying with all policies and procedures as set forth in the Graduate Catalog, in this manual, and in college and departmental regulations.


Requirements will not be waived, and exceptions will not be granted because of ignorance of policies, requirements, or procedures for graduate study at UCM. It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to the policies and procedures as stated in the Graduate Catalog and in this manual.


Manual and Forms

Electronic copy of thesis manual - Students in graduate catalogs prior to 2017-2018 are not required to submit a prospectus.


Prospectus Template


Application for an External Thesis Committee Member must be submitted to Graduate Education and Research for approval before an individual external to UCM may serve on a graduate thesis committee.

Thesis advisors ensure that the thesis represents a substantial scholarly contribution in the discipline, and will use the Checklist for Thesis Advisors as a guide before the thesis committee members and the department chair sign the Transmittal Form.

Approval by Graduate Studies

Upon final approval of the thesis by the thesis committee and department chair, you must submit electronically the thesis, Transmittal Form, and Publication Agreement Form. Copies of approved Human Subjects Review form or notice of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee’s approval must be included in the appendix of the thesis. In order to receive your degree on time, the manuscript, transmittal form, and publication agreement must be submitted to Graduate Education and Research the Monday BEFORE finals week by 5 p.m. This submission deadline allows time for full review of the thesis and required paperwork as well as any required edits on the student's behalf.

Please submit your thesis and required paperwork to



Spring 2018 - April 23rd, 2018

Summer 2018 - July 23rd, 2018

Fall 2018 - November 26th, 2018


Graduate Studies will check the manuscript for:

  • compliance with UCM Thesis Manual guidelines as evidenced by signatures from your committee and department chair;
  • compliance with Human Subjects Review or Animal Care and Use requirements

Writing Resources


Resource Contact Information

Graduate Education and Research

Ward Edwards 1900

(660) 543-4729

Graduate Research & Writing consultations

JCKL 2439

Cheryl Riley

Appointments available the First and Third Friday Afternoons of each Month

Additional Appointments by Email:

Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity

Administration Building 315

(660) 543-8562

Writing – Student Success Center

JCKL Third Floor

(660) 543-4367 


Inclusion into UCM JCKL Digital Institutional Repository

Graduate Studies, in collaboration with the JCKL Library will be responsible for the electronic submission and storage of theses. Once a thesis has been approved and submitted to the JCKL Library, no changes are allowed to the document.