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Theses and Dissertations

Theses (for master's degrees) and dissertations (for doctoral degrees) must adhere to content guidelines established by the student's faculty advisor and committee and format guidelines established by the College of Graduate Health Sciences and the University of Tennessee. Workshops are held shortly after the beginning of each semester for students planning to graduate the following December or May (check the Current Students page for specific information). Faculty advisors and other graduate students are welcome to attend. Standard forms and the manual (Guide to the Preparation of of Electronic Theses and Dissertations) are distributed at the workshop.

Students are required to submit an electronic thesis/dissertation.

It is the responsibility of the research committee and student to ensure that the scientific and English language content of a thesis/dissertation are as accurate as possible; it is the responsibility of the student and College to ensure that the thesis/dissertation format is as accurate as possible. The final version of a thesis/dissertation submitted to and approved by the College is the official version and will not be changed in any way (including substantive and typographic changes).

NOTE: Before submitting your thesis/dissertation for format review, you must

  1. Create a PDF/A-compliant document (see instructions under Guides and Forms).
  2. Create a UMI account (see instructions under Guides and Forms).
  3. Submit your PDF/A-compliant document through Blackboard (either the Workshop site or your own e-collaboration site).
  4. Email Shirley Hancock that you have uploaded your document to Blackboard.

Critical information: If information in your thesis/dissertation will undergo patent review, you must inform the Assistant Dean by requesting an embargo when you first submit your document for format review. You must also indicate a 2-year embargo in your UMI account.

Updates to Thesis/Dissertation Information

Requirement: On the Approval Page, the names of your research advisor and all committee members must be included with a line for each signature. When submitting your TD for format review, you must include the Approval Page (without signatures). (1 February 2007)

Current degrees and majors (for the Approval page of your thesis/dissertation): There are two instances when a major is not indicated. In place of the phrase "with a major in [major]," students in the Interdisciplinary Program (IP) should use the wording "with a concentration in [department name]," and those in the Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences should use the wording "with a concentration in [track name]."

Current degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Dental Science

Current majors:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Dental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Outcomes and Policy Research
  • Nursing Science
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Speech and Hearing Science

Current tracks:

  • within Biomedical Engineering:
    • Biomechanics
    • Biomaterials and Regenerative Technology
    • Biosensors and Electrophysiology
    • Bioimaging
  • within Biomedical Sciences:
    • Cancer and Developmental Biology
    • Cell Biology and Physiology
    • Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry
    • Molecular and Systems Pharmacology
    • Neuroscience
  • within Dental Sciences:
    • Endodontics
    • Orthodontics
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Periodontology
    • Prosthodontics
  • within Health Outcomes and Policy Research:
    • Pharmacoeconomics
    • Health Policy
    • Health Services Research
  • within Pharmaceutical Sciences:
    • Medicinal Chemistry
    • Pharmaceutics
    • Bioanalysis
    • Pharmacometrics
  • within Speech and Hearing Science:
    • Audiology
    • Hearing Science
    • Speech and Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Science

(17 November 2014)

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