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The master’s degree student

When required for a master’s program, a thesis must be written on a subject approved by the student’s thesis committee. It must be the student’s own work and must demonstrate a capacity for research and independent thought. In addition to these guidelines, master’s students should also consult:

The doctoral degree candidate

A dissertation is required for all doctoral programs and must be written on a subject approved by the candidate’s program committee. The dissertation must include the results of original and significant investigation, and must be the candidate’s own work.

Research must be open to public disclosure

Students are prohibited from using research (data, results, methods or other content) in their theses or dissertations that could restrict subsequent publication or public disclosure of these documents. Examples of restricted information include classified or proprietary materials.

It is important to note that these restrictions do not apply to nonthesis or nondissertation research that is approved by the student’s advisor and allowed by University of Missouri policies. Questions regarding the applicability of this policy to thesis or dissertation content should be referred to the Graduate School.

Review by the Graduate School

Before manuscripts can be accepted for publication in scholarly journals, they must be examined by editorial board members for compliance with specific format style guidelines in addition to content validity. Acting as the Graduate School’ editorial board, the professional staff of Graduate School reviews each submitted thesis and dissertation for compliance with university guidelines. Works that fail to meet the appropriate standards will be rejected.

Methods of Submission

The preferred method of submission is via Canvas. To access the thesis/dissertation submission organization, login to, select Courses from the sidebar on the left-hand side of the page, and click on the All Courses link. In the All Courses menu, click Browse More Courses and search for “graduate school”. Find the correct course, either “Doctoral (PhD, EdD) Dissertation Submissions” or “Master’s Thesis Submissions” and click on the “Join this Course” button.

Please note that you might need to log out of Canvas and log back in to see the course listed.

Students who are unable to access Canvas should contact the graduate school regarding an alternative submission method.

Deadlines for submission

The list of dates and deadlines for submission can be found here: Timelines & Deadlines for Graduation and Commencement

Style manuals

Students are to follow the style manual recommended by their academic program.


After your manuscript has been submitted to the Graduate School, it becomes a matter of record for the University of Missouri. This includes any errors that might be in your document. Therefore, check your manuscript carefully. Once your final submission has been accepted by the Graduate School, it cannot be corrected.

Specific questions

Specific questions should be directed to the academic advisor for master’s students at 573-882-2232 or the academic advisor for doctoral students at 573-882-9580. You may call toll-free at 800-877-6312. You may contact the Graduate School by mail or in person at 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.