Dissertation

The Doctor of Philosophy is primarily a research degree. You must demonstrate your capacity for independent research by writing an original dissertation on a topic within your major field of study. The subject of your dissertation must be reported to the doctoral committee at the time of your preliminary examination.

A minimum of 16 hours is required for dissertation research, and a maximum of 60 hours may be applied toward the semester hour requirement for the degree.

Before beginning to write, you should obtain instructions for mechanics and procedures from the Graduate School. Generally, format and style used by leading professional journals in your field or A Manual for Writers by Kate L. Turabian serves as a guide. Check your writing format early with the Graduate School to avoid any delay. A final format check and approval by the Graduate School are required before your dissertation is accepted and electronically deposited.

As of August 2001, all students submitting a dissertation must deposit it electronically. Before beginning to write, you should obtain instructions for mechanics and procedures from the Graduate School. Your thesis must be electronically deposited at OhioLINK at least 10 working days before commencement. The only paper submitted to the Graduate School will be the original signature/title page on plain white paper.

Doctoral dissertations are microfilmed by University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan. When you submit your dissertation and abstract, you sign an agreement to give University Microfilms the right to make and sell microcopies. (Microfilmed dissertations may be copyrighted.) Your abstract will be published in Dissertation Abstracts issued monthly by University Microfilms.

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