Completing a thesis involves securing a director, submitting the proper forms, and a defense. Students choosing Plan of Study Option 1: Thesis must first secure a thesis director with whom the student will put together a committee. The thesis director must be a graduate faculty member from English. The committee must include an additional graduate faculty member from English and one outside member. The outside member must be at UNO or in the University of Nebraska system.
Once the committee is established, students then need to complete the Proposed Supervisory Committee Form available on the Graduate Studies website.
Each member of the committee as well as the English Department Graduate Program Chair must sign this form. Once all signatures are collected (including the Graduate Program Chair's), the form should be submitted to Graduate Studies. Please make a copy for your file in the English Department before submitting it to Graduate Studies for approval. Once this form is signed by the Graduate Program Chair, the English Department will give you a permission number to register for thesis credits (ENGL 8990). A permission number cannot be granted until a copy of this form is submitted to the Department.
Once a topic for the thesis has been established, students will need to complete the Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Approval Form available on the Graduate Studies website. This form identifies the topic to be studied. This form does not require the Graduate Program Chair’s signature but must be submitted to Graduate Studies. Be sure to make a copy of the form for your file in the English Department.
After the thesis has been defended and approved, the committee needs to sign the Report on Completion of Degree Form available on the Graduate Studies website. After each committee member has signed, the form needs to be submitted to Graduate Studies for the Graduate Dean’s signature. Be sure to make a copy of the form for your file in the English Department.