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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA - GRADUATE COLLEGE

Application For Approval Of The Master’s Thesis Topic And Committee Membership
Master’s candidates in a thesis option program should file this form as soon as they can get approval from their committee. In all cases, this form must accompany the Admission to Candidacy form. Dates for the filing of the Admission to Candidacy form, thesis defense, and other important dates are listed in the Norman Campus Class Schedule and in brochures prepared by the Graduate College (http://gradweb.ou.edu/Current/deadlines.asp). Graduation is based on the date by which a student defends the thesis and completes all remaining degree requirements (including, but not limited to, courses, payment of tuition and fees, and deposit of the thesis). If you must graduate within a specific semester, it is important that you review the filing dates and contact the Graduate College if you have questions.

Before a student can receive authorization for the thesis defense, the Admission to Candidacy form, the Application for Approval of the Master’s Thesis Topic and Committee Membership form, and the student’s thesis reading copy must be approved by the Graduate College. The student must bring the reading copy of the thesis to the Graduate College one week prior to the thesis defense. Under no circumstances should a student defend a thesis without first receiving the appropriate authorization from the Graduate College.


The following information must be either typewritten or legibly printed. If the information cannot be easily read, the form will be returned for correction. Complete only the top portion of this form. Minor changes in the thesis title can be made after this form is submitted (prior to the deposit of the thesis). Changes in the thesis committee membership or the thesis topic, however, will require the filing of a new application and a minimum waiting period of 14 days before the thesis defense can be held. A member who is being removed from the committee must sign the back of the new form, indicating that he or she is willing to be deleted from the committee. If the University of Oklahoma no longer employs the committee member, the Graduate College should be contacted for instructions on completing the new form. No substitute forms will be approved by the Graduate College, and only forms correctly completed with original signatures will be evaluated.



Student Name (First, MI, Last):

ID#:

Proposed Thesis Title (Print/type) :








THESIS COMMITTEE (ALL MEMBERS OF THE THESIS COMMITTEE AND THE GRADUATE LIAISON MUST SIGN THIS FORM. The names of the chair and members should also be legibly printed below their signatures.):
Chair: _________________________________________ Member: _________________________________________

Print name here ____________________________ Print name here _____________________________



Member: _________________________________________ Member: _________________________________________

Print name here______________________________ Print name here______________________________



Graduate Liaison: _________________________________________

Print name here______________________________________



-------------------------------DO NOT WRITE BELOW THIS LINE - GRADUATE COLLEGE USE ONLY--------------------------
_________________________________________ ________________________________________________

Dean of the Graduate College Date Deposited

Student’s Degree Major Code: _____________________ ________________________________________________

Student’s Degree Title

Student’s Degree Major:__________________________

Thesis Received in the Bizzell Acquisitions Department by: _____________________________________________________

Date Received in the Bizzell Acquisitions Department: ________________________________________________________

For any research that includes human or vertebrate animal subject involvement of any kind, approval must be obtained from the appropriate office prior to beginning any research. This includes the administration of all surveys and the use of existing data collected on any human or animal subjects. For information about human subject involvement, the IRB web site can be accessed at http://research.ou.edu/irb/default.asp. For information about vertebrate animal subject involvement, the IACUC web site can be accessed at http://iacuc.ou.edu/. Only the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects and the Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee for animal subjects have the authority to determine whether a study is exempt from full board review. Do not proceed with the collection of new data or analysis of existing data until you have received a letter of approval, which authorizes you to do so from the appropriate committee (IRB or IACUC). Failure to secure the proper approvals for research involving human or animal subjects could result in disallowance of the data collected or analyzed without appropriate authorization. In order to graduate, all students using humans or animals in research conducted as a degree requirement must have a letter of approval of that research from the appropriate review board.


The following is to be completed and signed by student and verified by the major professor


1. Does this thesis contain any research that involves human and/or other vertebrate animal subjects in any way?

Yes No

If “Yes”, please move on to question 2. If “No”, please skip to question 4.


2. Does the research in this thesis involve the use of human subjects and has been or will be submitted for approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB)? Yes No


  1. Approved – (Attach a copy of the approval.)

  2. Pending – (submitted _________ (date) to IRB, approval will be secured prior to any data collection)

A. To be submitted - (will be submitted later to IRB for approval but prior to any data collection)


3. Does the research in this thesis involve the use of vertebrate animal subjects and has been or will be submitted for approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)? Yes No

A. Approved – (Attach a copy of the approval.)

  1. Pending – (submitted (date) to IACUC, approval will be secured prior to any data collection)

B. To be submitted - (will be submitted later to IACUC for approval but prior to any data collection)

4. Does the research in this thesis include intellectual property which may be potentially patentable? Yes No

5. Does the research in this thesis include confidential material? The final copies should be held in confidence until OTD notifies the Graduate College and the Library to release the thesis for publishing. Yes No
6. Has a research contract has been signed which provides the thesis be held for confidential purposes? The final copies should be held in confidence until OTD notifies the Graduate College and the Library to release the thesis for publishing and public viewing. Yes No
If the answer is “yes” to any of questions 4-6, the Graduate College must receive a copy of the letter from the Office of Technology Development (OTD) which indicates that OTD has received a reading copy of the thesis and is reviewing it for confidentiality and/or patentability purposes. If this letter is not submitted prior to the authorization of your thesis defense, the final copies of your thesis shall be published and open for public viewing.

Student’s signature


Major Professor’s signature



Revised 04/01/2008


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