Forms required by Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry will be found on the College's Graduate Studies web page under Current Students/Forms.
Forms required by Texas A&M University Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) will be found on the OGAPS web pages under New & Current Students/Forms & Information. Click on the types of forms to see lists of available forms. (Example: under Academic Process Forms will be the Request and Announcement for Final Examination form)
Other useful links for Spring 2014 completion
The following information is subject to change upon completion of the merger with Texas A&M University.
Students enrolled in the advanced education programs at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry are required to complete a research project as a part of their academic experience. Those seeking an advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) are required to submit and defend a thesis or dissertation.
A series of courses in research and scientific communication is offered. The courses are designed to develop the student's comprehension of the research process, including scientific writing and biostatistics. The writing and evaluation of research protocols incorporated into the courses provides students with the opportunity of early submission and approval of their research projects by their Advisory Committee and the Associate Dean.
The thesis or dissertation should deal with a topic related to the major field of study, embody the results of individual research, possess a unity of theme, demonstrate an understanding of the literature on the subject, establish mastery of appropriate research tools and techniques and require at least the greater part of six months to one year for preparation. In addition, the thesis/dissertation should provide evidence of originality and critical judgment, illustrate the development of broad capabilities, as well as an intensive focus on the subject of research; meet the special criteria of the College, be written in a creditable scientific and literary style, constitute a contribution to knowledge; and be worthy of publication.
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) publication Thesis/Dissertation 101 is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for students and mentors. The guide outlines what to do, in what time-frame, and what forms to use from inception of the research project to the final approval and electronic upload of the successfully defended thesis or dissertation.
Graduate students in the clinical M.S. in Oral Biology program at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry may be eligible for a grant from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies of up to $1,500 to aid thesis research, depending on availability of funds. Not all expenses related to every thesis research project are considered allowable from ORGS funds. Expenses considered non-allowable from ORGS funds must be paid from another source.
Before Grant-in-Aid funds may be approved or used
*BCD employees may participate in studies but may not be paid, regardless of the source of funding, for such participation.
Candidates in M.S. or Ph.D. program who complete the required courses and an approved thesis or dissertation will perform a public presentation of their research and take a comprehensive oral examination. The thesis or dissertation Advisory Committee is the examining committee. In these examinations, the candidate will be given an opportunity to show some mastery of a given field of learning, acquaintance with methods of research, and evidence of independent thought. The oral examination will be conducted by the committee and may consist of two parts: (1) questions related to course work, clinical procedures, etc., and (2) in-depth queries concerning the research and thesis or dissertation. The research mentor as the chair of the committee and the program director share responsibilities in advising the student regarding pertinent information concerning all aspects of the examination. More details regarding the thesis or dissertation defense may be found in the publication Thesis/Dissertation 101.
The HSC and BCD adhere to a continuous enrollment policy that requires all graduate students maintain a minimum of one semester hour enrollment at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry following completion of their degree plan defined course work until they complete the requirements for their Certificate and Degree and until the degree has been awarded. Completion of requirements includes final clearance of the approved manuscript by the TAMU Thesis Office. While the Certificate may be awarded when a defendable draft of the thesis is submitted to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (with approval by the Program Director), the Master's diploma will not be awarded until the Thesis Office has notified the Office of Research and Graduate Studies that the electronic submission process has been completed. Students with financial aid should be aware they must be enrolled at least half time to continue to be eligible for deferral of student loans. A student who does not meet the published deadline for completion (including final clearance by the Thesis Office) will not be awarded a diploma until the next award date, and will be required to be continuously enrolled until the degree is awarded.
Larry L. Bellinger, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Director, Research and Graduate Studies
Program Coordinator, Research and Compliance
Senior Administrative Coordinator
Thesis and Dissertation Services
Graduate Records Processing Services
Degree Plan & Committee Submission
Office of the Registrar