Dissertation Format and Deadlines

Required Format

For more information on the format and procedure for completing the thesis, see ODU’s Thesis & Dissertation Guide (May 2018). Also see the guides under “Electronic Theses and Dissertations” at the Graduate School Resources page.

Model Journal: Before you submit your dissertation to ProQuest, the format must be approved by the College of Sciences.  The College expects that you submit a “model journal” article along with your dissertation.  Your dissertation format must match the journal for placement of table titles, placement of figure titles, and reference format.  Your advisor may suggest a different model journal, but IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing has been used in the past (see http://ieeexplore.ieee.org.proxy.lib.odu.edu/document/5611538/ for a model article).

LaTeX Template Repository

Students in the WS-DL group created a Github repository (https://github.com/oduwsdl/wsdlthesis) for the thesis/dissertation template files.  PhD students are encouraged to report issues, fix issues, or contribute useful macros through the Github repo.

The CS Department does not guarantee that the use of this template will result in no formatting edits required by the College, but is just advertising this Github repository for convenience.

Recommended Deadlines

  • Submission of dissertation to committee – six weeks prior to the last day of classes for the semester (must be at least two weeks before the defense)
  • PhD dissertation defense – four weeks prior to the last day of classes for the semester
  • Submission of hard-copy committee-approved dissertation to College of Sciences (OCNPS 143) – three weeks prior to the last day of classes for the semester
    • Include all required documents (model journal, D3/D5, check-in form)
    • The College will follow-up with you about 1 week after submission.
    • Any subsequent submissions to the College may be sent as PDF via email.
  • Submission of approved dissertation to ProQuest – generally the last day of classes for the semester (see the official academic calendar for exact deadlines)