All students who plan to submit a thesis or dissertation should follow these formatting guidelines. The Graduate Office hopes that students find this information helpful as they work toward completing their degree requirements.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
As you prepare your thesis or dissertation for the Graduate Programs in the College Social Sciences and Humanities, the most important aspects of a thesis or dissertation are, of course, the content substance, depth, and accuracy. Correctness in form as required for electronic submission, however, is also important. Reading this manual before you write your thesis or dissertation will increase the likelihood of routine acceptance of your manuscript.
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The mission of Research Compliance is to educate members of the university community about federal, state and university research regulations and provide assistance to students, faculty and staff in obtaining approval for teaching and research activities under those guidelines. Research Compliance delivers support services for the Northeastern University Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Animal Care and Use Committee and Responsible Conduct of Research. Part of its responsibility is to promote university-wide compliance with federal, state and university statutes and regulations relating to the protection of human subjects, to the care and use of animal subjects in research and teaching, and to research and scholarly integrity. Research Compliance collaborates with the university units responsible for health and safety, particularly with the University Environmental Health and Safety, as well as the Radiation Safety Committee, Biosafety Committee and Chemical Hygiene Committee.
For further information, please refer to the Division of Research Compliance or contact the appropriate office as noted below:
|Office of Human Subjects Protection||617-373-7570|
|Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine||617-373-3958|
|Responsible Conduct of Research||617-373-4588|
|Environmental Health and Safety||617-373-2769|
Please refer to the checklist to ensure that you complete all of the steps necessary for graduation.
PLANNING YOUR DEFENSE
Arrange your defense date, time and location with your department. The defense must be publicly advertised for at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled defense. This includes an announcement on the Graduate Office web site and an annoucement sent by the student’s academic department. Please email the following to the email@example.com and your department’s Graduate Program Administrator as soon as the defense is scheduled, but no later than two weeks prior to the defense:
APPLY TO GRADUATE
Whether or not you are planning to attend a commencement ceremony, you must initiate the commencement process by applying to graduate via your myNortheastern account. You should apply even if there is a chance that all of your requirements will not be completed in time to graduate on a specific commencement date. Do not wait until after you have defended your thesis or dissertation to put your name on the commencement list, since the clearance process for graduation begins several months prior to commencement. Your department or the Graduate Office can easily take your name off the list at the last minute.
Theses and Dissertations
Contact the Graduate Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to your defense in order to arrange for a format review of your manuscript. This appointment will be brief but it will ensure that your manuscript is in the correct format and problems in your electronic submission will be avoided. The appointment can be completed via a scheduled phonecall (617-373-4366) if it is more convenient for the student and if the materials are emailed prior to the appointment.
Please print the following to bring to your format appointment, located in 180 Renaissance Park:
Prior to defending your dissertation, you will need to create an Approval Record. Please click on this link to view a template which will help you create your Approval Record. The Approval Record should be brought to your defense so you can get as many signatures from your committee as possible. Once all committee signatures and your Department Chair are obtained, submit the form to the Graduate Office (a copy will be returned to your department after it is signed by the Director of Graduate Student Services). Note: This must be done prior to the electronic submission and prior to the deadline stated below.
Theses and Dissertations may be submitted to Proquest/UMI and the NU Graduate Approval Record submitted to the Graduate Office at any point during the year, upon completion of all degree requirements. However, in order to be cleared for a specific commencement date, refer to the deadlines by which the thesis or dissertation must be submitted electronically. You should allow adequate time for your committee to review your manuscript, and schedule the final defense so that there is enough time for necessary corrections to be made to the document (typically at least 2 weeks prior to the Graduate Office’s deadline). You should be aware that if you are planning to graduate in August, it may be difficult to assemble your committee for a summer defense, so plan accordingly. Also, make sure to allow enough time to complete the final steps of the submission process before leaving the state or country. If unexpected problems are uncovered in the final stages of the submission process, your graduation could be delayed.
SURVEY of EARNED DOCTORATES
Doctoral students must complete a survey from the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) as part of the dissertation submission process. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, is done on-line, and is a required component of the commencement clearance process. If you are uncomfortable with answering some of the questions, you may leave them blank.
The SED should be submitted before the student brings the signed NU Graduate Approval Record to the Graduate Office. Note: The Director of Graduate Admissions and Student Services will receive an automated confirmation email once you have completed the Survey.
The Graduate Office requires your thesis or dissertation be submitted electronically to Proquest/UMI prior to the deadlines stated above. Below are the steps, in order, required to submit your thesis or dissertation. Please be sure to click on these links so you have all of the necessary information.
Ensure that your NU Graduate Approval Record (hard copy) has been submitted to the Graduate Office, 180 Renaissance Park, prior to submitting your electronic submission of your thesis or dissertation. The Approval Record is not included in the upload to Proquest.
Please carefully check the PDF file page by page before submitting it as formatting can shift and pages can go missing.
Once you submit your dissertation via the Proquest/UMI web site, both you and the Director of Graduate Admissions and Student Services will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your submission. If there is something wrong with the file you submitted, someone will contact you. Please give Proquest a few months to complete its review and make the thesis or dissertation available through its Proquest Dissertations and Theses Database.
Please note that no student will be cleared for commencement if the Northeastern University Graduate Approval Record is not submitted to the Graduate Office and the electronic version is not received by Proquest/UMI by the deadlines as stated.
INFORMATION FROM NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
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In this manual, the document produced for a Master’s degree will be referred to as a thesis; the document for a Ph.D. degree will be referred to as a dissertation.