The graduate school requires all students to be admitted to candidacy by the end of the third year. Students who have completed their course requirements with satisfactory grades (a High Pass average and the Graduate School requirement of two Honors (which can include PHYS 990 Special Investigation)), pass the qualifying examination, and who have submitted an acceptable thesis prospectus are recommended for admission to candidacy.
This document will provide authors with general guidelines and steps to follow in developing and writing a master's thesis. These directions will provide the general guide for all graduate programs at the University. Each discipline, however, has its own style and content arrangement. Since the thesis is a demonstration of the candidate's skill within their discipline, the requirements stated here will only provide for a general common appearance to all Chicago State graduate master's theses and will meet the archival needs of the University Library and of the bindery. If it should prove necessary to violate these guidelines of the Graduate School, please confer not only with your thesis advisor and program director but also with the Dean of the Graduate School prior to submission of the thesis. Since this document represents the Graduate Council's policy statement on theses, the Dean will bring the request for guideline changes made by any student before the council for approval.
The grades assigned in the Graduate School are:
All dissertations and theses are archived digitally in BearDocs and may be made available internationally via ProQuest Dissertation Services. (You have the option to restrict access to your work, if desired.) The quality of these works reflects the standards of Baylor University, the Graduate School, your department or institute, and the professors who work with you on this project. The responsibility for both the content and format of your dissertation/thesis rests solely with you and your advisory committee. The Graduate School is here to assist you in doing the job effectively and efficiently.