Guidelines and Procedures for Thesis Writing and Defense

  1. A graduate student after completing the required units applies to take comprehensive examination in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) office. The candidate is exempted from taking the comprehensive examination in subjects with a final grade of 1.25 and/or 1.0.
  2. Once the student passes the comprehensive examination one enrolls in thesis consultation and submits to the SGS office three possible titles (in four copies) with a brief explanation of what one actually wishes to investigate and the theory/theories upon which the proposed study is anchored on. The candidate confers with a panel of three faculty members and the SGS dean for a title hearing. Once the working title is approved, an adviser is assigned to the candidate. Faculty research advisers shall be chosen in the basis of their expertise in the area of research study and of their availability.
  3. The candidate then prepares a thesis proposal patterned after the thesis proposal outline, a copy of which may be obtained from the SGS office.
  4. The candidate submits one’s thesis proposal to the SGS office for defense after it is scanned for plagiarism check. At least one week is given to the SGS faculty panel (the same panel as title/topic selection) to study the thesis design. The proposal is defended before the panel and the SGS dean.
  5. A thesis committee is composed of one (1) faculty member with masteral degrees and three (3) faculty members with doctoral degrees during the proposal defense.
  6. Thesis consultation is agreed on by the thesis adviser and the writer. The university statistician will be responsible for the statistical matters of thesis.
  7. Finished thesis draft is submitted to the adviser for editing and improvement. The adviser recommends to the Dean of SGS if the work is ready for final defense.
  8. Candidate prepares five copies of the revised thesis for the oral defense only after the thesis is recommended by an English editor and it is scanned for plagiarism check.
  9. Submit a 30-page synthesis in soft copy of your final paper.
  10. The Schedule of the proposal and final defenses will be determined only after the candidate has paid all the outstanding obligations to the University.
  11. Proposal Defense Fees
    1 Panel Member with Masteral Degree - Php 650.00
    3 Panel Member with Doctoral Degree @ Php 900.00 - Php 2,700.00
    Thesis Adviser - Php 900.00
    University Statistician - Php 600.00
    Panel’s Secretary - Php 400.00
    SGS Secretary - Php 300.00
    English Editor’s Fee - Php 400.00
    Grand Total - Php 5,950.00
  12. FinalDefense Fees
    1 Panel Member with Masteral degree - Php 1, 300.00
    3 Panel Member with Doctoral degree @ Php 1, 750.00 - Php 5,250.00
    Thesis Adviser - Php 1,750.00
    University Statistician - Php 900.00
    Panel’s Secretary’s Fee - Php 500.00
    SGS Secretary - Php 300.00
    English Editor’s Fee - Php 1,000.00
    Grand Total - Php 11,000.00
  13. Adviser's Honorarium
  14. Adviser’s Fee - Php 3,017.54
    Plus 100% of the discounted tuition
    6 units X 1,241.66 - Php 5,587.47
    Grand Total - Php 8,605.01

    The adviser shall claim the adviser’s honorarium at the accounting office one week after the schedule of the defense.

    It is the duty of the adviser to read thoroughly the final revised thesis to ensure that the panel’s suggestions have been incorporated before the final printing. The panel’s secretary will supply the adviser and candidate with a copy of minutes of the defense proceedings.

    A draft of the final revised thesis should be passed to the graduate school office for the final review of the panel members before the final reproduction. The candidate will submit 3 copies of hardbound and 4 copies (in CD) that will be submitted to the SGS office for the distribution to the following offices:

    a) 1 hard copy and 2 CDs for CHED.

    b) 1 hard copy and 1 CD for LSU Library.

    c) 1 hard copy and 1 CD for SGS Office.

    The following guidelines should be observed in the submission of CDs:

    1. The version of the graduate thesis contained in the CDs is consistent with the approved by the final defense;

    2. The CDs are complete in contents, including annexes, tables and the like;

    3. The contents are in non-editable PDF (Portable Document File) format;

    4. The contents are readable in a standard computer;

    5. The CDs used are of reputable brand;

    6. Each CD must be signed by the faculty adviser using a permanent marker;

    7. Each CD should have a transparent case and appropriately labeled in the manner displayed below:

    Title of Thesis

    Program (e.g., MAED Mathematics)

    Name of School

    Name of Student (Last name, First name, Middle name)

    Month and Year of Completion (e.g., March 2014)

    Name of Faculty Adviser