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Electronic Dissertation and Thesis Basics

The master's degree student

When required for a master’s program, a thesis must be written on a subject approved by the student’s thesis committee. It must be the student’s own work and must demonstrate a capacity for research and independent thought. In addition to these guidelines, master's students should also consult:

The doctoral degree candidate

A dissertation is required for all doctoral programs and must be written on a subject approved by the candidate’s program committee. The dissertation must include the results of original and significant investigation, and must be the candidate’s own work.

Research must be open to public disclosure

Students are prohibited from using research (data, results, methods or other content) in their theses or dissertations that could restrict subsequent publication or public disclosure of these documents. Examples of restricted information include classified or proprietary materials.

It is important to note that these restrictions do not apply to nonthesis or nondissertation research that is approved by the student's adviser and allowed by University of Missouri policies. Questions regarding the applicability of this policy to thesis or dissertation content should be referred to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Review by the Office of Graduate Studies

Before manuscripts can be accepted for publication in scholarly journals, they must be examined by editorial board members for compliance with specific format style guidelines in addition to content validity. Acting as the Office of Graduate Studies' editorial board, the professional staff of Graduate Studies reviews each submitted thesis and dissertation for compliance with university guidelines. Works that fail to meet the appropriate standards will be rejected.

Methods of Submission

All students are required to submit hard copies of the Processing Fee Statement (along with the required fee) and the Publishing Agreement form to our office, either in person or via mail. We are located at: 

Office of Graduate Studies
210 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

The remainder of the materials should be submitted electronically using one of the two following methods:

The preferred method of submission is via Canvas. To access the thesis/dissertation submission organization, login to https://missouri.instructure.com/, select Courses from the sidebar on the left-hand side of the page, and click on the All Courses link. In the All Courses menu, click Browse More Courses and search for "graduate studies". Find the correct course, either "Doctoral (PhD, EdD) Dissertation Submissions" or "Master's Thesis Submissions" and click on the "Join this Course" button.

 Please note that you might need to log out of Canvas and log back in to see the course listed.

  1. Students who do not wish to use Canvas can submit the required electronic materials on a CD. 

Deadlines for submission

The list of dates and deadlines for submission can be found here: Timelines & Deadlines for Graduation and Commencement 

Style manuals

Students are to follow the style manual recommended by their academic program.

Errors

After your manuscript has been submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, it becomes a matter of record for the University of Missouri. This includes any errors that might be in your document. Therefore, check your manuscript carefully. Once your final submission has been accepted by the Office of Graduate Studies, it cannot be corrected.

Specific questions

Specific questions should be directed to the academic adviser for master’s students at 573-882-2232 or the academic adviser for doctoral students at 573-882-9580. You may call toll-free at 800-877-6312. You may contact the Office of Graduate Studies by mail or in person at 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.