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Theses and Dissertations

Thesis for Master of Science (M.S.)

Each student, whose Plan of Study requires a thesis, must register for a total of six semester hours of thesis and prepare it in accordance with the general format outlines as described in A Manual for the Preparation of Graduate Theses and Dissertations, copies of which are available in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. A pass/fail grade will be assigned upon completion of the thesis. 

While all students are expected to do a thesis, students supported by an assistantship, and co-op students, are required to do a thesis. Under the following circumstances, however, a student may petition the EO Curriculum Committee for waiver of the thesis requirement in the first semester of study:

  1. The student can provide convincing evidence of authorship of written, technical reports and/ or papers which resulted from research implemented by the student and which is clearly equivalent to the effort typical of M.S. theses in the EO Program. 
  2. The student has accepted no assistantship provided by or through the efforts of the EO Program or the University. 
Dissertation for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

A single-author dissertation is required of each Ph.D. student who has passed the candidacy examination. The dissertation topic will be selected by the student in consultation with the advisor and the Ph.D. Advisory Committee. The dissertation topic must be approved by the Ph.D. Advisory Committee. The dissertation must be prepared in accordance with the instructions outlined in A Manual for the Preparation of Graduate Theses and Dissertations, copies of which are available in the office of Graduate Engineering Programs and Research or the office of Graduate Applications & Records. A manuscript prepared for an appropriate journal and an acknowledgment of receipt by the editor must also be submitted along with the dissertation. 

The student must obtain approval from the Ph.D. Advisory Committee to undertake all or part of the dissertation in absentia. A letter requesting such permission, signed by the chair of the Committee, must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Graduate Engineering Programs and Research. This letter should outline in detail the relationship between the advisor and the candidate and the name and background of the person who will directly advise the candidate during the accomplishment of this independent research. This person will be added to the Advisory Committee. The original dissertation in final form, four copies of the dissertation, the journal manuscript and acknowledgment of receipt by the editor or copy of the published paper, and an abstract not to exceed 350 words must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Engineering Programs and Research at least three weeks before the graduation date of the semester in which the degree is sought. These copies must bear the written approval of the advisor and the Advisory Committee. The original copy of the dissertation and two copies of the abstract shall be filed in the Roesch Library one week prior to the graduation date of the semester. The candidate must sign an agreement with University Microfilms, Inc., which authorizes this firm to sell copies of the dissertation. Microfilmed dissertations may be copyrighted by the candidate. A fee will be assessed for the cost of copyrights. 

Dissertation Defense 
No earlier than six months after the successful candidacy examination, the candidate shall defend the doctoral dissertation in a public forum to demonstrate to the Advisory Committee that all the preparations for which the doctoral degree is awarded have been met. The defense is open to all members of the University of Dayton faculty, student body, and interested outside parties. The members of the Advisory Committee, with the advisor acting as chair, will conduct this dissertation defense. 

Before the announcement of this defense, the Advisory Committee must approve a draft of the written dissertation and agree that it is ready for public defense. At least two weeks prior to the date of the defense, the candidate must provide the committee with copies of the nearly final dissertation and must ask the Associate Dean of Graduate Engineering Programs and Research to schedule the defense. For the defense to be satisfactory, the Advisory Committee members must unanimously agree that the dissertation defense has been successfully completed. If the candidate's defense is deemed unsatisfactory by only one member, the case will be referred to the Associate Dean of Graduate Engineering Programs and Research for appropriate action. 

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