Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines

Many Master’s students at N.C. A&T complete a thesis and all Ph.D. students must complete a dissertation. The main purpose of writing a thesis or dissertation is to develop original research and scholarship into a well-crafted document that can be shared with peers and colleagues. The Graduate College is responsible for ensuring that theses and dissertations written by our graduates adhere to consistent formatting and quality guidelines. Following graduation, the final thesis/dissertation document will be published electronically to the ProQuest/UMI Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Database.

Below, you will find official Thesis/Dissertation deadlines, the submission process, and numerous resources to help you successfully write and format your document, including the Thesis/Dissertation Handbook, Word Template, and additional online resources.

Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines (Click Buttons Below to Expand)

NOTE: The student must be registered and must have applied for graduation before the thesis/dissertation can be reviewed. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for the deadline to apply for graduation.

  • Thursday, October 22: DEFENSE DEADLINE (Last day to defend Thesis/Dissertation)
  • Thursday, October 29: SUBMISSION DEADLINE (Last day for Major Professor to send the three submission documents by email. See section “Submission of Documents to Graduate College” below for details.) 
  • Monday, November 23: SIGNATURE PAGE DUE (Last day to submit final copy of Signature Page complete with original signatures of major professor, committee members, and department chairperson. This marks the completion of the thesis/dissertation submission process. The Signature Page must be submitted to the Graduate College's main office--120 Gibbs Hall).

How to Submit Thesis/Dissertation to the Graduate College

The thesis/dissertation process has been updated (effective August 2020). Please start by carefully reading the Process Overview documents below.

START HERE: Dissertation Process Overview

START HERE: Thesis Process Overview

Note: Forms
Thesis/dissertation committee and defense forms, as well as the list of graduate faculty members, can be found on the Graduate College Forms page.

Note: Research Clearance Letter
As indicated in the Overview documents, thesis and dissertation research must receive formal clearance from the Office of Research Compliance & Ethics. To obtain the research clearance letter, the student should go to the Graduate Research Clearance Page, read the instructions, and submit the form as directed. Please allow at least a week for a response. The Office of Research Compliance & Ethics will send the Research Clearance Letter to the student’s email.



Additional Writing Resources

If you have additional questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Writing Services, Dr. Shea Bigsby, at