Preliminary Review

What to Expect

Each thesis, project report, or dissertation must meet University format guidelines. During the preliminary review, candidates will submit a draft of the document to the Thesis/Dissertation Reviewer who will review the format and suggest revisions. Some expectations include:

  • We review format, not content. Thesis/Dissertation Reviewers will not review or correct subject content, research quality, punctuation, or grammar.
  • We work directly with your document. The Candidate should email their document to their Reviewer prior to the appointment so that the Reviewer can type up feedback to review with the Candidate.
  • We review your formatted document. The thesis, project report, or dissertation should already be merged into the University template prior to meeting with the Reviewer for preliminary review. The Reviewer only checks the formatting, but does not format the document for the Candidate.
  • We value consistency above all else. Candidates are encouraged to notify their Reviewer of any tweaks to format or style that the Committee has requested. With the exception of a few elements of the manuscript, the guidelines are flexible within reason. 

Unless otherwise directed by their Committee, the Candidate need not have obtained Committee approval on the thesis or dissertation (e.g., signatures on the GS-13) in order to submit the document for preliminary review. We strongly recommend that students meet with a Reviewer well in advance of the preliminary review deadline. There is no limit to how often a Candidate consults with a Reviewer; however, Candidates are advised to schedule appointments well in advance as Reviewers' schedules fill quickly near the end of the term.

Please keep in mind the Thesis/Dissertation Reviewers are also graduate students. They have a designated number of hours that they work each week, and as such, are not available on demand or at the last minute. Plan accordingly.