Master's Thesis Process

1.  A student pursuing a master's degree at Kettering University must choose whether or not to write a master's thesis, consistent with the requirements of the graduate program and the student's degree program.  Students in the bachelor/master's program must choose whether to write a bachelor's thesis (Option 1) or only a master's thesis (Option 2) no later than earning 8 credit hours of graduate credit.

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

3.  The student and faculty advisor find two additional faculty members willing to serve on the student's thesis committee.  One faculty member should preferably be outside of the student's degree department.

4.  The student prepares the Master's Thesis Topic form and submits it to the Graduate Office .  The faculty advisor and committee members must sign the form prior to submission.  The Graduate Office acknowledges receipt of the Master's Thesis Topic form and Master's Thesis Contact Form by sending an e-mail to the student, faculty advisor and committee members.  A hardcopy of the form will be sent to Registrar's Office and the Research Office (on-campus research students only).  The student can then register for thesis coursework.

5.  The student performs the research work described in the Master's Thesis Topic form and submits a printed copy of the preliminary thesis to the Graduate Office.  Along with the preliminary thesis, the student provides a hardcopy of the Master's Thesis Preliminary Submission form (with only the student section completed).  The Graduate Office will then in turn give the preliminary thesis and the Master's Thesis Preliminary Submission form to the faculty advisor.

6.  The faculty advisor reviews the thesis.  Committee members must also be given the opportunity to review and evaluate the thesis.  Committee members must sign the thesis title page to indicate their approval.  When the thesis is acceptable, the faculty advisor schedules a defense of the thesis with the committee members.  The faculty advisor then completes the Master's Thesis Preliminary Submission form and sends it and the preliminary thesis to the Graduate Office for format checking based on the approved master's thesis format guidelines.  If the faculty advisor prefers, a professional alternative format may be used but it will be the responsibility of the faculty advisor to review the thesis for formatting.

7.  Following the format check, the Graduate Office returns the preliminary thesis to the student.  The student makes any required corrections and returns the marked copy and a corrected copy of the thesis to the Graduate Office.

8.  The student will coordinate with the faculty advisor an announcement of the defense to the Kettering community. 

9.  The student will be responsible for bringing one printed copy of the corrected thesis and the Master's Thesis Final Approval form to the defense.   When the thesis has been successfully defended and the student has met any further requirements of the committee, the faculty advisor gives the Master's Thesis Final Approval form with grade to the Registrar's Office.  If changes are required to the final, then the thesis is returned to the student for correction.

10.  The Graduate Office is responsible for notifying the student to submit the final copies and forms and process them for binding.  The student will need to submit the following together to the Graduate Office:

  • 5 original printed thesis each containing a title page with original committee signatures
  • 1 CD in PDF format as one file
  • Completed Thesis Abstract form
  • Completed Final Thesis Submission Form
  • The binding fee of $75.00 payable by check to Kettering University. 

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

Please note:  The master's thesis is a student work produces 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 student's thesis is to remain confidential as the request of the company, the student must indicate "confidential" on the Master's Thesis Topic form and check the box labeled "Confidential" on the Final Thesis Submission Form.  The thesis will not be bound and Kettering University's confidentiality procedures will be followed.