A student pursuing a master's degree at Kettering University may choose to write a master's thesis, consistent with the requirements of the graduate program and the student's degree program.

Step 1: Form a Thesis Committee

It is the responsibility of the student to find a faculty advisor willing to supervise work for the master's thesis. 

The student and faculty advisor find two additional faculty members willing to serve on the student's thesis committee. The student downloads the Master’s Thesis Packet, prepares the Master's Thesis Topic & Contact Information form (page 1-Thesis Packet), and obtains faculty signatures.

Step 2: Submit Form & Register

Registration for the Thesis 1, non-credit bearing course, requires that the signed Master's Thesis Topic & Contact Information form be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office. This information will be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office to process registration.

Step 3: Research and Write

The student performs the research work, and submits a printed copy of their preliminary thesis to their faculty advisor, along with a hardcopy of the Master's Thesis Preliminary Submission form (page 2-Thesis Packet).

Step 4: Preliminary Review

The faculty advisor reviews the thesis. Committee members must also be given the opportunity to review and evaluate the thesis. The advisor coordinates all necessary changes with the student. It is the responsibility of the faculty advisor to review the thesis for formatting (Left margin must be 1.5”). When the thesis is acceptable, the faculty advisor schedules a defense of the thesis with the committee members. The student will coordinate with the faculty advisor to announce the defense to the Kettering community.

Step 5: Thesis Defense 

The student is responsible for bringing the following to the defense:

  • One printed copy of the corrected thesis
  • The Master's Thesis Final Approval form (page 3-Thesis Packet)
  • Five copies of the title page 

When the thesis has been successfully defended and the student has met all requirements of the committee, the faculty advisor, student, and committee members sign the title pages. If changes are required, the thesis will be returned to the student for correction. Once all changes have been made, and approved, the faculty advisor completes the Master's Thesis Final Approval form, assigns a grade, and delivers the form to the Registrar's Office.

Final Step:  Thesis Binding Process

The Graduate Office works with the student to submit the final copies and forms, and process them for binding.

The student will need to submit the following to the Graduate Office as a Packet:

  • 5 original, one-sided, printed thesis copies, each containing a title page with original committee signatures. (Off-campus students may want to order copies printed and delivered through printing@kettering.edu)
  • CD or jump drive with the thesis formatted in PDF format as a single file
  • Completed Master’s Thesis Abstract Form (page 4-Thesis Packet)
  • Completed Master’s Thesis Final Submission Form (page 5-Thesis Packet)
  • Binding fee of $75.00 (Checks should be payable to Kettering University.

(To pay by credit card, through Student Accounts, call 810-762-9552)

Once everything is received, the Graduate Office arranges for binding and shipping of the bound thesis to the student, as well as distributing bound copies to the faculty advisor, committee members, department head and library.

Please note:  The master's thesis is a student work produced for an academic requirement at Kettering University. 

As such, the thesis document, and all related intellectual property resulting from the student's work, is the property of Kettering University.  Any deviation from this policy must be agreed to, in writing, by Kettering University and signed by the appropriate officer of the University.

Confidential Thesis

If the thesis is to remain confidential, the student must denote as "Confidential" on the Master’s Thesis Final Submission form. In this case, the thesis will not be bound, and Kettering University's confidentiality procedures will be followed.