Thesis and Dissertation Submission

There are two options for Thesis and Dissertation methods of submission. Please follow the guidelines below for your chosen method.

Please note: all doctoral students must submit a curriculum vitae to the Graduate School at time of dissertation submission. (Please refer to instructions for submitting current C.V.)

  • Electronic: You must complete the following five steps when submitting your thesis electronically.
    1. Complete an Intent to Graduate Form the semester you plan to graduate. See Graduate School Calendar for pertinent deadline dates.
    2. Obtain final approval of your thesis/dissertation director and committee members of the document content.
    3. Obtain final format approval from the Graduate School by contacting Liz Leis at 322-3934 or email. Refer to the Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines and your discussions with format editor. Special formatting requirements for electronic submission, as listed below, should also be followed.
      • Original faculty signatures do not appear on the electronic title page. Following the city and state, centered and at least double-spaced below, type the word "Approved," followed by a colon. Under this word, centered, one under another and double spaced list the full names of the faculty members who signed the original title page.
      • Optionally, students who submit electronically may use a one inch left-hand margin and may use line and one-half spacing.
      • Students may use any standard word processing, spreadsheet, and database software for the preparation of their document.
      • Students may employ the use of links within their document but may not link to sites outside their document unless it is possible to copy and submit the entire file with their document so that the link will remain unbroken throughout perpetuity.
      • After Graduate School format approval students convert the document to PDF format and upload the thesis or dissertation on the ETD website.
      • The Graduate School must be provided with two hard copies of the title page and two hard copies of the abstract, all containing original signatures. Title pages and abstracts must be printed on acid free, white, quality bond paper of at least 25% cotton content and 20 pound weight.
    4. Pay all required fees and submit all required forms to the Graduate School.
    5. Work with the library technology support team to submit document files and convert all appropriate files to PDF format.

    Once you are ready to submit your thesis or dissertation electronically you must create an account with the Electronic Theses and Dissertation library. Authors determine the access to their work when creating their ETD account. Choices are listed below. The availability can be changed at a later time by the author or by a graduate school staff member, with permission from the author.

  • Hardcopy: You must complete the following four steps when submitting your thesis by hand.
    1. Complete an Intent to Graduate Form the semester you plan to graduate. See Graduate School Calendar for pertinent deadline dates.
    2. Obtain final approval of your thesis/dissertation director and committee members of the document content.
    3. Obtain final format approval from the Graduate School by contacting Liz Leis at 322-3934 or email. This may require several meetings with the format editor. Refer to the Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines and your discussions with format editor. Be sure to pay close attention to the guidelines for manuscript preparation including the following key points.
      • One copy of the abstract must be turned in with the master's thesis. Two copies must accompany the doctoral dissertation. Abstracts must have the original signature(s) of the faculty advisor(s).
      • Submit final copies on 8 1/2 x 11 inch white, acid free, quality bond paper of at least 20-pound weight and not less than 25% cotton content.
    4. Pay all required fees and submit all required forms to the Graduate School.
  • When you have completed all of these steps, and you are ready to submit your Thesis or Dissertation, bring it to 411 Kirkland hall and submit it to the registrar's office.