Ohio University

Thesis and Dissertation (TAD) Services

Welcome! The Office of Thesis and Dissertation Services is here to assist masters and doctoral students in the final steps of degree completion as they prepare their formal, written documents for publication.

The following documents provide guidance through the TAD process:

The video below describes the TAD Process and covers the basic process from approval of the thesis or dissertation proposal to graduation.


Important Information about Thesis and Dissertation deadlines in keeping with the university's response to COVID-19.

Graduate Thesis and Dissertation and Program Capstone Alternative Defense Options
(updated 09-14-2020)

Please direct all questions regarding defense scheduling and alternative defense options to your primary thesis or capstone advisor.

Graduate Thesis and Program Capstone Registration Requirements
(updated 09-14-2020)

Deadlines for Fall 2020 graduation will not change. Since the semester is not being extended, the time necessary to review and process all documents will need to be maintained. Students who registered for spring or summer semester anticipating a spring or summer defense have the option to delay their defense and meet the fall or early for spring defense deadlines without registering for fall credit.*

Students who are planning to meet fall defense deadlines or early for spring defense deadlines but were not registered in spring or summer semester must register for at least one credit hour in the fall term.

*For international students on visas that require registration, you may need to register for one-credit hour in summer term. For questions, inquire with International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) to see how this pertains to you. Please work with your academic department and college to receive a tuition waiver for this one-credit hour.

Valuable information

TAD Deadlines Fall 2020-Summer 2021

TAD Workshops Fall 2020-Spring 2021

Filing "Early for"

Sample Front Matter

Format Checklist 
(revised 02.07.2020)

Forms and Templates

Training and Troubleshooting

Publishing, Copyright and Plagiarism Prevention

Schedule an appointment to meet with a member of the Thesis and Dissertation Team.

Please visit our FAQ for any unanswered questions you may have.

Whom we serve:

For many advanced degrees at Ohio University, the master's thesis or doctoral dissertation is a requirement. Nearly the entire TAD process can be completed online. This website houses all of the resources needed to meet Ohio University's publication requirements and complete the final steps before graduation.

Students completing their degrees through research papers or other capstone projects may not be bound to the deadlines and guidelines on this site. If there are any questions, please verify deadlines and requirements with your department or college. TAD Services is unable to assist students completing research papers or projects with formatting or technical issues.

Writing Resources for Ohio University Students

Online Research Databases

Graduation Requirements

  • Apply for graduation by the published deadline.
  • Be enrolled in thesis (6950) or dissertation (8950) hours.
  • Complete all other course requirements.
  • Earn an accumulated GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Meet all TAD deadlines for format reviews, publication, and form submission.

Contact Information

For technical assistance or questions regarding formatting or graduation requirements:

email tad@ohio.edu or call 740-597-2770

Submit documents and forms to: