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Dissertation & Thesis Awards

Distinguished thesis and dissertation awards

MU’s annual Office of Graduate Studies Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award and Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award recognize the outstanding research and creative accomplishments of MU graduate students.


The recipient of the Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award will receive a $500 honorarium. The recipient of the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Recognition beyond MU

The winning thesis and dissertation may become MU’s nominations for prestigious awards beyond MU: the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools’ (MAGS) Distinguished Master’s Thesis, the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGC) Master's Thesis Award and the Council of Graduate Schools’ (CGS) Distinguished Dissertation Award. The campus will nominate the highest-ranking thesis and dissertation in the specific discipline noted in the MAGS, CSGS and CGS calls (eligible disciplines rotate annually), even if that thesis or dissertation is not selected as MU's best for the year. Self-nominations are not accepted; departments are asked to nominate a single student for each award.

Nomination deadlines

  • Call out for both awards: September 1
  • Nominations due to the Office of Graduate Studies for both awards: November 1 (if November 1 falls on a weekend, the due date will be the following Monday)