Thesis Resources

Graduate Programs

Please use the resources available here to guide you through the thesis process. For your convenience, the ACU Thesis Guide is available to download, and we are ready to assist you throughout this process.

Please use the resources available here to guide you through the thesis process. For your convenience, the ACU Thesis Guide is available to download, and we are ready to assist you throughout this process.

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Resources

  • Start with the ACU Thesis Template. Simply type (or copy and paste) your text into the document. Note that these templates must be downloaded, not used in Google docs.
  • For help with formatting and style, consult the style manual utilized by your department and the ACU Thesis Guide. Also see the Style Quick Guides below, as they cover some of the most frequent issues in each style.
  • Use the Formatting Checklist to make sure you have all formatting correct before submitting your thesis to the Thesis Coordinator.

Schedule and Deadlines

The student and advisor, in a welcoming, supportive and professional relationship share the responsibility to accomplish a clarification of degree goals. Together, they develop educational plans to reach those goals for a life of Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

Style Guides

  • APA – 7th edition
  • Chicago (Communication)
  • MLA
  • SBL 

Samples and Tutorials

Sample Pages – These sample pages help to demonstrate how the formatting of your thesis should look.

Formatting Tutorials – Here are some helpful resources regarding common formatting questions.

Video Tutorials – This youtube channel was created by our thesis coordinator to provide visual assistance for thesis formatting.

Academic Support Services

Prior to Semester 1:

Semester 1:

  • Write prospectus (attend Writing Center workshops).
  • Thesis committee reviews prospectus by first week of November.
  • Request IRB approval prior to collecting data if research involves human or animal subjects. This request should be submitted immediately following thesis committee approval of prospectus.
  • Approved prospectus signature page due to the Office of Graduate Programs. IRB approval letter must be included. Deadline: Last day of class.

Semester 2:

  • Collect data and write thesis (attend Writing Center workshops).
  • Defend thesis AT LEAST 6 weeks prior to the end of the semester. Deadline: 6 weeks before graduation.
  • Report results of defense to the Office of Graduate Programs as soon as possible after defense. Deadline: as soon as possible but 1 week after defense at the latest.
  • Revise thesis per committee recommendations in conjunction with thesis advisor (visit Writing Center).
  • Submit thesis for reader review. Deadline: Five weeks before graduation.
  • Revise thesis per reader review recommendation in conjunction with thesis advisor.
  • Submit thesis for final mechanical review. Deadline: Four weeks before graduation. 
  • Revise thesis per mechanical review recommendations in conjunction with thesis advisor.
  • Submit final copy of thesis to the Digital Commons. Include Author Permission form and TREN Distribution Agreement (GST only). Also include thesis signature page. If final copy of thesis is not submitted, student will automatically be enrolled in thesis continuation hours for the next long semester. Deadline: Last day of class.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the thesis process, please contact the Thesis Coordinator.

Mailing Address: Abilene Christian University

Office of Graduate Programs
ACU Box 29140
Abilene, Texas 79699

Physical Address: Office of Graduate Programs: Hardin Administration Building, Room 203