Thesis / Project / Dissertation


General Information


Spring 2018 Changes to Thesis/Project/Dissertation Submission

Starting in Spring 2018, graduate theses, projects, and dissertations will be produced only in online format (ScholarWorks).  The University Library has been depositing Sacramento State graduate theses, projects, and dissertations in ScholarWorks, our campus repository, since Fall 2009.  All theses, projects, and dissertations in ScholarWorks are full-text searchable and available in common search engines such as Google and Google Scholar.

Though the campus is moving to an online format for the submission of theses, projects, and dissertations, the university’s format guidelines still apply.  This means that students will still need to:

  1. Attend a mandatory Thesis/Project Format Workshop
  2. Make an appointment during the limited or regular thesis/project/dissertation submission period to have the thesis/project/dissertation format review by OGS before submitting and uploading the required documentation to OGS by the submission deadline in the semester of graduation:
    1. The committee and department approved signature pages of the thesis/project/dissertation; and
    2. Upload of the final thesis/project/dissertation onto ScholarWorks.

Spring 2018 Thesis/Project Format Workshops:  https://www.csus.edu/gradstudies/currentstudents/thesis-project-dissertation/formattingworkshops.html

Spring 2018 Appointments, Submission & Deadline:  https://www.csus.edu/gradstudies/currentstudents/thesis-project-dissertation/submission-and-deadlines.html


 

What is a Thesis?

The California Code of Regulations: Title 5 Education, Section 40510 defines a thesis as:

The written product of a systematic study of a significant problem. It identifies the problem, states the major assumptions, explains the significance of the undertaking, sets forth the sources for and methods of gathering information, analyzes the data, and offers a conclusion or recommendation. The finished project [product] evidences originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, and thorough documentation.

What is a Project?

The California Code of Regulations: Title 5 Education, Section 40510 defines a project as:

A significant undertaking appropriate to the fine and applied arts or to professional fields. It evidences originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and rationale. It is described and summarized in a written abstract that includes the project’s significance, objectives, methodology, and a conclusion or recommendation.

Projects can be done alone or in collaboration with other students.

What is a Dissertation?

A dissertation is the major research project normally required as part of the work for a doctoral degree. Dissertations are expected to make a new and creative contribution to the field of study, or to demonstrate one's excellence in the field.

The California Code of Regulations: Title 5 Education, Section 40511 states:

The dissertation shall be the written product of systematic, rigorous research on a significant professional issue. The dissertation is expected to contribute to an improvement in professional practices or policy. It shall evidence originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale.