The thesis or dissertation is the capstone work of your academic career. This is your opportunity as a graduate student to apply everything you have studied during and leading up to graduate school and contribute to the academic community.

A thesis or dissertation can take months or even years to complete, and it is one of the final steps in achieving a graduate degree.

At IUPUI, master’s degree candidates complete theses, while doctoral candidates complete dissertations. Each work comes with its own set of requirements, including formatting and deadlines, and both have multiple options for submission. A doctoral dissertation also comes with the added requirement of a defense.

The Graduate Student Writing Group provides weekly support and accountability to graduate students writing theses and dissertations, as well as other writing projects.

By participating in The Graduate Student Writing Group, you’ll receive feedback on your work, participate in skill-building activities, discuss ideas with peers, and set aside designated time to write. Email to join.

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