Graduate Studies

The Office of Graduate Studies serves to provide students and faculty with an information gateway specific to postgraduate study, offering a range of information and services in one central location.

Documents & Forms for Graduate Students

The Project and Thesis Handbooks are required to complete your final project or thesis within your department of study. Several other forms related to graduate studies that may be required can also be found below.

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PDF file Thesis Handbook (PDF) (updated July 23, 2015)

PDF file  Program Graduate Directors (PDF)

PDF file Project Handbook (PDF)

PDF file Instructions for Submitting Your Thesis or Dissertation (PDF) (updated November 2, 2015)

PDF file Graduate Research Topic Approval Form (PDF) (request for appointment of thesis/project committee)

PDF file Graduate Research Proposal Approval Form (PDF) (thesis/project proposal)

PDF file Non-Course Requirements for Graduation Approval Form (PDF)

PDF file Completed Graduate Research Approval Form (PDF)

PDF file Request for Extension of Time to Complete the Graduate Program Form (PDF)

Research conducted for a thesis, a project or as part of your coursework may require the approval of an IRB.

What is an IRB?

  • IRB is short for Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects.
  • All institutions involved in research with human subjects, that also receive federal funds, are required to have an IRB.
  • IRBs are composed of volunteers (at colleges and universities they are mostly faculty) who meet on a regular basis.

The IRB Manual and related forms can be found on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) website.

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Narrator: Roger C. Fielder, PhD
Professor and Director of Doctoral and Graduate Programs, D’Youville College


Contact Dr. Roger Fiedler or Erin Bellavia for more information.


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