Thesis & Dissertation Aids

2020-2021 Graduation Deadlines for the McKay School:

(Check with your department for your program's deadlines.)

December 2020 graduation deadlines:
See department for defense scheduling deadline.
Nov. 20: Defense has to be held by this day
Nov. 24: Deadline to submit the electronic MS Word version to the MSE dean’s office
Dec. 7 at 12:00 noon:  Deadline to submit pdf to msegradsec@byu.edu
Dec. 9:  ETD upload deadline
Dec. 11:  Deadline for ETD approval at the Graduate Studies office (by 5:00 pm)

April 2021 graduation deadlines:
See department for defense scheduling deadline.
Mar.19: Defense has to be held by this day
Mar. 24: Deadline to submit the electronic MS Word version to the MSE dean’s office
Apr. 5 at 12:00 noon:  Deadline to submit pdf to msegradsec@byu.edu
Apr. 7:  ETD upload deadline
Apr. 9:  Deadline for ETD approval at the Graduate Studies office (by 5:00 pm)

June 2021 graduation deadlines:
See department for defense scheduling deadline.
May 28: Defense has to be held by this day
Jun. 2: Deadline to submit the electronic MS Word version to the MSE dean’s office
Jun. 11:  Deadline to submit pdf to msegradsec@byu.edu
Jun. 15:  ETD upload deadline
Jun. 17:  Deadline for ETD approval at the Graduate Studies office (by 5:00 pm)

August 2021 graduation deadlines:
See department for defense scheduling deadline.
July 16: Defense has to be held by this day
July 21: Deadline to submit the electronic MS Word version to the MSE dean’s office
Aug. 2 at 12:00 noon:  Deadline to submit pdf to msegradsec@byu.edu
Aug. 4:  ETD upload deadline
Aug. 6:  Deadline for ETD approval at the Graduate Studies office (by 5:00 pm)

APA for Novices: A Struggling Student's Guide to Theses, Dissertations, and Advanced Course Papers by Sharon Black (2016):

The following open-source book can be downloaded and used as a guide. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you study this information carefully as you begin your writing process. It reflects APA 6th Edition Guidelines. You can view it online or download the full text at https://edtechbooks.org/apa.


The following individuals can be hired to support students in the formatting and writing process. It is not mandatory to hire an editor. Please contact editors concerning prices. Inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement by the McKay School of Education.

External Editors:

Name Email Phone Number
Margaret Zerkle mzerkle@gmail.com (801) 766-5147
Olivia Swenson oliviaedits2@gmail.com (412) 438-3889
Anessa Pennington anessalr@gmail.com (330) 808-2770
Kayla Swan kayla.e.swan@gmail.com (832) 928-5960
Stirling Miller (MS Word & ETD) Smm.etd@gmail.com
etd.stirlingmiller.com

(801) 675-6044