FAQ (Quick Reference)

What is a typical ETD process? How long does it take? 

While the thesis or dissertation process will vary from student to student, a general understanding might be:

Identify a committee chair (adviser)
Identify an advisory committee (with adviser's help)
Choose a topic
Conduct preliminary research
Create a proposal and seeks department approval
Reviews formatting resources
Researches and writes
Submits for Format Review(s)
Defends
Makes any necessary formatting and content changes
Submits final file

The length of time necessary to complete a thesis or dissertation depends on many factors, including employment, family, time available, topic selected, the type of research, adviser and committee schedules and the review process. In general, a thesis will typically take two to three semesters; a dissertation, five to seven semesters.

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