Thesis & Dissertation Aids

  • MSE Thesis & Dissertation Approval Process: This flowchart lays out the various stages of approval your paper will have to pass through once you have submitted it to the MSE dean's office.
  • Templates: These documents serve as models for formatting a journal-ready thesis, a journal-ready dissertation, a journal-ready 3-article dissertation, a traditional (5-chapter) thesis, and a traditional (5-chapter) dissertation and include all formatting required by BYU and the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Check with your department for specific guidelines. All theses and dissertations that include human subjects need to include a copy of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Letter of Approval to Conduct Research and the stamped IRB consent/assent forms in an appendix.
  • 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. Students must submit this completed checklist (electronic or paper) to the MSE dean's office with their thesis/dissertation for approval.
  • 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.
  • Headings and Bookmarks for Theses and Dissertations:  This document outlines the basic headings and bookmarking standards for the McKay School of Education for both traditional 5-chapter as well as journal-ready (hybrid) theses and dissertations.
  • Creating and Uploading Your Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD):  Please see the Graduate Studies website for information and guidelines regarding your ETD. You can watch these video tutorials created by the Office of IT for further instruction.

2019-2020 Graduation Deadlines for the McKay School:

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

December 2019 graduation deadlines:
Nov. 8: Schedule defense by this day
Nov. 22: Defense has to be held by this day
Dec. 2- before 12:00 noon: Deadline to submit the electronic MS Word version to the MSE dean’s office
Dec. 9: ETD upload deadline
Dec. 13: Deadline for ETD approval at the Graduate Studies office (by 5:00 pm)

April 2020 graduation deadlines:
Mar. 6: Schedule defense by this day
Mar. 20: Defense has to be held by this day
Mar. 25: Deadline to submit the electronic MS Word version to the MSE dean’s office
Apr. 6: ETD upload deadline
Apr. 10: Deadline for ETD approval at the Graduate Studies office (by 5:00 pm)

June 2020 graduation deadlines:
May 15: Schedule defense by this day
May 29: Defense has to be held by this day
Jun. 5: Deadline to submit the electronic MS Word version to the MSE dean’s office
Jun. 15: ETD upload deadline
Jun. 18: Deadline for ETD approval at the Graduate Studies office (by 5:00 pm)

August 2020 graduation deadlines:
July 3: Schedule defense by this day
July 17: Defense has to be held by this day
July 23: Deadline to submit the electronic MS Word version to the MSE dean’s office
Aug. 3: ETD upload deadline
Aug. 7: 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