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Thesis & Dissertation Process

The writing of a dissertation or thesis represents the culmination of years of study and research by a graduate student. This section includes extensive information on the process of writing a dissertation or thesis as well as guidelines regarding formatting and the inclusion of additional materials.

Master’s and doctoral students must confirm additional thesis or dissertation requirements with their advisers. Educational specialists have different degree completion requirements, such as exams and portfolios, and are advised to confirm those requirements with their advisers.

Seeking Funds for 
Dissertation Research?

See our Graduate Awards & Travel Scholarships page.

See our Proposal Writing Resources page.

Writing Resources in Blackboard

Grad Scholar covers abstracts, outlines, literature reviews, theses/dissertations, journal articles, scholarly presentations, posters and teaching the public about research findings.

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your Mizzou pawprint and password.
  3. Click on the My Blackboard tab.
  4. Under the Organization Catalog, select the Students folder.
  5. Look for ID org_grad_scholar
  6. Select enroll