Graduate College

Thesis and Dissertation Resources

The master's thesis or PhD dissertation can be a daunting task for any graduate student. In this section, you'll find advice for every stage of your project, from organizing, staying on track, and utilizing a support group, to working with your committee, overcoming procrastination, and navigating the final steps, including the defense, format review, and binding/microfilming your finished document.

Getting started

How to organize your thesis

An introduction to graduate-level research and the impact it has on the organization of the thesis/dissertation. How to organize your thesis from Carleton University - Ottawa, Canada

Completing your dissertation

A resource to get you started and help you stay on track. Read completing your dissertation from the University of Maryland - College Park.

How to write a dissertation or bedtime reading for people who do not have time to sleep

Douglas E. Comer, a Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University, writes this essay containing practical advice and helpful tips for graduate students in all subject areas.

Managing large writing projects

This article from the University of Washington outlines strategies to break down a seemingly formidable undertaking into smaller, more manageable parts.

Staying on track

Graduate policies: maintaining academic progress

Graduate Education policies regarding GPA and time limits on degree completion.

Support group

PhinisheD is a discussion and support group for people trying to finish their dissertation or thesis and those who have been there.

Getting unstuck

Overcoming procrastination

For those who struggle with procrastination, here is a comprehensive 5-step process that provides tips to help students work through the sometimes daunting task of writing the dissertation. Tara L. Kuther, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Western Connecticut State University.

Your committee

Working with your committee

You should first consult your ASU academic unit. Here is a brief overview of important considerations when selecting and working with committee members. Produced by Claremont Graduate University - Office of Academic Affairs

The care and feeding of your dissertation/thesis committee

This article offers a pragmatic approach to selecting and developing relationships with your dissertation/thesis committee members. Produced by the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Closing it out

Completing the degree

Visit completing your degree to find information regarding the thesis/dissertation format review, thesis/dissertation defenses and applying for graduation.

Thesis and dissertation binding/microfilming

The ASU Bookstore is the place to go for information on thesis & dissertation binding and microfilming.

Publishing your thesis/dissertation

In addition to binding services, the ASU Bookstore can also assist students who are interested in making their research available as a scholarly publication.

The dissertation defense: being well-defended in a good way

This article from the APA Graduate Students' website offers practical advice on mental preparation, "stage" presence, and simple logistics for graduate students who are preparing to defend their dissertations.