Thesis & Dissertation Aids
McKay School of Education Checklist for Formats and Conventions of Theses and Dissertations
This document describes the important writing and formatting requirements of the MSE and BYU Graduate Studies. Each student must submit the completed checklist to the dean's office with their thesis/dissertation for approval.
MSE Thesis & Dissertation Approval Process
This flowchart lays out the various stages of approval your paper will have to pass through once you’ve submitted it to the dean’s office.
This document serves as a model for formatting a journal-ready thesis and includes all formatting required by BYU and APA. Check with your department for specific guidelines.
Scheduling Your Thesis/Dissertation Defense Meeting
This table is an example of the steps you need to take to schedule your final oral exam. Check with your department for specific guidelines.
Creating and Uploading Your Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD)
2017 Graduation Deadlines for the McKay School
(Check with your department for your program’s deadlines.)
April graduation deadlines:
March 10: Schedule defense by this day
March 24: Defense has to be held by this day
March 31: Deadline to submit the paper to the dean’s office
April 10: ETD upload deadline
April 14: Deadline for ETD approval at grad office
June graduation deadlines:
May 26: Schedule defense by this day
June 9: Defense has to be held by this day
June 16: Deadline to submit the paper to the dean’s office
June 20: ETD upload deadline
June 22: Deadline for ETD approval at grad office
August graduation deadlines:
June 30: Schedule defense by this day
July 14: Defense has to be held by this day
July 21: Deadline to submit the paper to the dean’s office
July 31: ETD upload deadline
August 4: Deadline for ETD approval at Grad Office
APA for Novices: A Struggling Student's Guide to Theses, Dissertations, and Advanced Course Papers by Sharon Black (2016)
The following text can be downloaded and used as a guide. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you look over this before you begin the writing process. It has been updated to reflect APA 6th Edition Guidelines. You can also download the full text here.
APA for Novices
|Table of Contents|
|Chapter 1: Hoops and Barriers: Things That Shouldn't Matter, But Do|
|Chapter 2: Crafts and Puzzles: Bringing All Parts into Place|
|Chapter 3: The Papers Trail: Controlling Your Reference Base|
|Chapter 4: The Fine Art of Sentencing: Who Did What?—and How?|
|Chapter 5: Hurdles: Avoiding Clashes and Crashes|
|Chapter 6: Small Stressors: Common Grammar and Usage Errors|
The following individuals can be hired to support students in the formatting and writing process. It is not mandatory to hire an editor. Average prices range from $15–20 per hour ($1–3 per page equivalent). Inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement by the McKay School of Education.
|Margaret Zerklefirstname.lastname@example.org||(801) 766-5147|
|Olivia Swensonemail@example.com||(412) 438-3889|
|Dustin Schwangerfirstname.lastname@example.org||(419) 271-0204|
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