Angelo State University offers optional thesis programs in these areas of graduate study:
- Animal Science
- Intelligence, Security Studies and Analysis
- Security Studies
Each student enrolling in a thesis course for the first time must use the Thesis Manual that outlines the general requirements of style and form of the thesis. If you have questions about the thesis format or the Thesis Manual, please contact the College of Graduate Studies and make an appointment with thesis representatives Katie Ede or Jennifer McAndrews.
Students must register for the thesis under the number 6399 or 6699 in the department in which the research is being conducted. The numbers vary because the research typically spans more than one semester.
Once students enroll in a thesis program, they must maintain continuous enrollment in thesis and/or course work during every long semester until graduation. If students use any university personnel or facilities to work on their thesis during summer session(s), they must also be registered at those times.
When a candidate and the chairman of the advisory committee have agreed on a subject of investigation, the student will prepare a thesis proposal that will specify the topic, state the purpose of the investigation, describe the method of investigation and relate the study to relevant research. After the advisory committee has approved the proposal, the candidate must submit two copies for final approval to the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
Ordinarily, the thesis proposal should be submitted no later than the second registration for thesis, but under no circumstance may it be submitted later than one year after the first registration for thesis or the 12th credit hour of thesis registration, whichever comes first. Data collection should not be started until the thesis proposal has received final approval. Any subsequent changes in the research project must be approved in writing by the advisory committee and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
If the thesis research involves human subjects, students must also submit a proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Rights of Human Subjects. Appropriate forms for this can be obtained from the academic department or from the College of Graduate Studies.
Grading and Final Submission
A grade of “PR” (satisfactory progress) or “NP” (unsatisfactory progress) will be given during each term in which the student is enrolled in thesis but does not complete the project. A student who receives an “NP” grade will be placed on probation and will not be eligible for financial aid. A final grade of “B” or better is required on the completed thesis; a lower grade indicates that the thesis is not acceptable. Credit for the thesis course work is limited to six semester hours regardless of repeated registrations.
One copy of the thesis in final form, successfully defended and signed by each member of the advisory committee, must be submitted for approval to the dean of the College of Graduate Studies no later than three weeks before the end of the semester of degree completion. The College of Graduate Studies must clear all corrections by the Monday before graduation.