About TDS

Thesis and Dissertation Services (TDS) is a unit of the Graduate School that develops supportive services for graduate students completing a thesis or dissertation.  TDS processes, reviews, and approves proposals and completed theses and dissertations by reviewing adherence to the Graduate School's formatting requirements.

REVIEWING THESES AND DISSERTATIONS

Beginning Fall 2019, the Graduate School/TDS will be conducting a format-only review of all dissertation and thesis documents (both proposal and final) submitted for approval.  This change was made in an effort to increase efficiency and to provide timely feedback to students.  Students, with the help of their advisors, will be responsible for adherence to the written style guide applicable to their field.

Please see the TDS dissertation web page (www.tamuc.edu/dissertation) for the Graduate School’s template you will need and the Dissertation Formatting Guide that provides helpful instructions for formatting your document.  Please see the TDS thesis web page (www.tamuc.edu/thesis) for the Graduate School’s template you will need and the Thesis Formatting Guide that provides helpful instructions for formatting your document. TDS has provided a student checklist for students to use before submitting their documents (both proposal and final) to the Graduate School/TDS for approval.

Reminders:

Graduating dissertation and thesis students must complete all dissertation- and thesis-related requirements by the Friday a week before commencement to remain eligible for graduation at the end of the semester. The dissertation- and thesis-related requirements include: 

  • Receive dissertation or thesis approval from the Graduate School (students and advisors will be notified via university e-mail)
  • Pay all student fees (including the TDS processing fee of $73 for thesis students, $83 for dissertation students)
  • Upload the final document to ProQuest

Students who do not complete the above requirements by the deadline may be removed from the graduation list.

Review the research compliance requirements before you begin to collect your data.

  • Students conducting studies that do not require research compliance approval (IRB, IACUC, or IBC) may begin data collection after:
    • successfully defending their proposal,
    • completing RCR training (completed through CITI), and
    • receiving approval from their advisor and committee to do so.
  • Students conducting studies that do require research compliance approval (IRB, IACUC, or IBC) may begin data collection after:
    • successfully defending their proposal,
    • receiving approval from the appropriate reviewing body,
    • completing RCR training (completed through CITI), and
    • receiving approval from their advisor and committee to do so.