Thesis and Dissertation Preparation

As you prepare your thesis/dissertation, you should refer to the Thesis and Dissertation Format Manual . Using this manual and the templates provided, prepare your thesis/dissertation. During your final semester, complete steps 1-3 in the End Game sequence (e.g., submit an application for a degree, complete the diploma application, and set up a final oral examination). After you submit an application for a degree, please see instructions (step 4) on how to complete an electronic thesis and dissertation, as well as a link to the ETD Rights, Permission and Contact Form.

If you are a doctoral degree candidate, you will also need to complete step 5, which is to complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates (PhD only).

You are then ready to take the final steps (steps 6-11) toward completing your thesis or dissertation, which are as follows.

The following formatting requirements are imposed by the Graduate School to be consistent with guidelines for publishing electronic theses and dissertations through ProQuest/UMI.  The following formatting requirements supersede any formatting guides described in the above style guides.

Most 12-point nonitalicized, serif fonts are acceptable for text and 10-point font for footnotes and subscripts. Fonts less than 10 point are not recommended even for superscripts and subscripts. Generally, “Times New Roman” font in 12 point is an appropriate choice. A consistent font must be used throughout the manuscript.

Spacing: All standard manuscript copy must be double-spaced. Use a 0.5 inch standard indention for the first line of all paragraphs. Text within a chapter must be continuous. Add extra space following a section or subsection title, but add no more than one extra line of space between paragraphs. (See also the paragraph below about the placement of figures and tables and the spacing around these elements.)

Single spacing may be used for long tables, block quotations, subheadings and chapter titles, figure legends, footnotes or notes, appendix material and all bibliographic entries.

Top, right and bottom margins must be 1 inch. For an electronic thesis or dissertation, the left margin should also be 1 inch for all pages beyond the preliminary pages. The preliminary pages should have a 2-inch top margin.

The first page of each chapter, including the first chapter, should have a 2-inch top margin. All other text pages, including those with figures or legends, should have a 1-inch top margin.

Page Numbers

Page numbers must be centered and should be between 0.5 to 0.75 inches from the bottom of the page.

Every page in the manuscript must be numbered except for two: the title page and the copyright page (which does not count as a page). The title page is counted as Roman numeral page “i.” However, for reasons of appearance, the title page must not show this numeral. Due to this consideration, the first page number to appear on the manuscript will be the lowercase Roman numeral “ii” on the first page of the abstract.

LOWERCASE ROMAN NUMERALS (ii, iii, iv, v) must be used to number the preliminary pages.

ARABIC NUMBERS (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) must be used to number the text through the references. The first page of text must be numbered “1.” The remaining pages will be numbered sequentially using Arabic numbers.

Page Breaks

Start a new chapter or major section on a fresh page. Do not divide words at the bottom of a page and carry them over to the next page. A sentence ending a paragraph should not end as a partial line at the top of the next page.

Running Heads

Do not use running heads.

Click for an example of the preliminary page .

Templates can be found on our form page .

If you paste work already completed into the template, it is critical that you paste your text using a format that does not replace the existing format in

Right click in the location of the exact text you will replace your text. Select the option that appears in the red circle below to ensure that you do not override the template formatting.

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Complete Your Thesis/Dissertation Document and Complete the Final Examination

This is the hard part. Refer to the Thesis and Dissertation Format Manual .  Note that schedules and events get very congested toward the end of semesters, so try to plan in advance to complete your document and have your final oral examination before things really pile up. And be aware that you may have to make some revisions to your document after the examination.  By policy, final oral examinations must occur before the week set aside for final exams in courses.

The supervisor of graduate records will review your thesis or dissertation for basic formatting requirements. However, the Graduate School cannot serve as an editor or writing coach. You may find assistance with writing at the Writing Center , and there are also professional editors who will provide assistance for a fee. However, the fundamental assumption is that a candidate for an advanced degree must be able to write a coherent document in the style of the discipline.

Report of the Final Oral Examination

After you successfully complete the final oral examination, make sure your adviser submits the Report of a Final Oral/Written Examination Form to the Graduate School. Also, by this time you should have discussed the option on the ETD Rights, Permissions and Contact Form . You should decide, with advice from your adviser, whether to submit your ETD as Traditional versus Open Access publishing, whether you want to embargo viewing access for a period of time and whether you wish to pay a fee to register copyright for your document with ProQuest/UMI .

Final Visit to the Graduate School

After you have completed the final oral examination and have put the final touches on your thesis or dissertation, visit the Graduate School and bring the following documents:

  • ETD Rights, Permissions and Contact Form
  • For doctoral students, confirmation that you have completed the Survey of Earned Doctorates (PhD only)
  • Signed Report of Final Exam (see committee chair)

If you completed the SED online, you should have had an email notification sent to gschool@olemiss.edu ; otherwise, bring some verification that you have completed the SED. Also, if your adviser or department has not submitted the Report of a Final Oral/Written Examination, make sure that the Graduate School receives a copy. The supervisor of graduate records will then give you information on how to electronically upload your thesis or dissertation. You may wish to view the ProQuest/UMI tutorial before submitting your document. You should view Preparing your Manuscript Guide  from ProQuest and the Thesis and Dissertation Format Manual .

There are a few special tips for preparing your thesis or dissertation for submission to ProQuest/UMI. You can either convert the document to a PDF before submitting, or you can use a conversion tool at the ProQuest/UMI site. You should carefully check the PDF version to make sure that the formatting has been converted correctly. All fonts must be embedded in the document before PDF conversion, and you should not use compression or password protection in the PDF conversion. The signature page should not be included in the ETD. In fact, you should not include signatures anywhere in your document (e.g., do not include signed IRB forms), to prevent someone’s signature from being electronically captured. Also, you should use 1 inch margins for an ETD, as opposed to the wider left margin for a bound document.

If your thesis or dissertation contains links to multimedia files or some special formatting, check the instructions at the ProQuest/UMI website. A number of multimedia files can be included in your document.

Electronically Submit Your Thesis/Dissertation

Once your document is ready and you have an account, go to the ProQuest/UMI website, log in, and follow the steps to submit your document. You will then be given the following options.

Select Publishing, Copyright and Binding Options: Select among the following publishing options: Traditional Publishing:  This means that the thesis or dissertation title and author (citation information) will be listed on the ProQuest/UMI online database.  The full content will be viewable by authorized PQ users by paid subscription and by University of Mississippi students, faculty and staff (via the UM Library’s PQ license). Others will have viewing access only to the title page, abstract and first few pages. Others may purchase full access by paying a royalty to the student author. Traditional Publishing with an Embargo Period:  This means that the thesis or dissertation title and author will be listed on the ProQuest/UMI online database. However, further viewing access to the thesis or dissertation is blocked for the embargo period, which may be selected to be six months, one year or two years. Select this option if your work includes patentable and/or proprietary information or if you are in one of a few disciplines where publication of a thesis/dissertation may deter acceptance of a manuscript by a journal. Confer with your adviser if you are uncertain. You will be given an option to embargo your document for six months, one  year or two years. Open Access Publishing: This means that the full text of the document is immediately made viewable (published) by ProQuest/UMI. The consequence is that your scholarship is more widely disseminated and becomes searchable by Internet search engines. It also means that you are unlikely to earn royalties from the sale of your document by ProQuest/UMI, and you will be charged an open access fee by ProQuest/UMI. Copyright Registration Option:  You will be given an option to register copyright on your thesis or dissertation for a fee. As soon as your thesis or dissertation is published by ProQuest/UMI, you will own copyright to your ETD, according to copyright law, regardless of whether you purchase the additional copyright registration. Consult your adviser as to whether to purchase this copyright registration. Binding: The Graduate School and University Libraries no longer require that you submit a bound version of your thesis or dissertation. However, you may still wish to purchase bound copies through ProQuest/UMI for a fee. You may also have your thesis or dissertation bound locally by University Printing Services.

Pay ProQuest/UMI Fees

Depending on the options selected (such as open access publishing vs. traditional, and the option to copyright your work), you will have to pay, via a credit card, the fees charged by ProQuest/UMI. Should you choose the open access publishing option, the fee is $95. Students who choose to copyright their work will pay a fee of $55. Should you have any questions regarding the benefits of publishing with UMI, feel free to refer to the authors’ page : http://www.proquest.com/go/authorservices

Review by the Supervisor of Graduate Records

By the above steps, you have submitted your thesis or dissertation. But it is not published yet. The supervisor of graduate records will review your document for formatting and completeness. If any revisions are needed, you will be contacted. This is why we need your current contact information on the electronic permission form . Once the supervisor of graduate records approves your document, it will be published by ProQuest/UMI.

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Dissertation/Thesis Instructions

Students completing their degree with a Dissertation or an MS Thesis must adhere to the deadlines below for final MS Thesis/Dissertation submission to the Graduate School of Engineering for the intended date of degree conferral. Northeastern University requires that students publish their Dissertation or Thesis with Proquest Dissertation Publishing. Whereas students previously completed this task by submitting a hard copy of the Dissertation or Thesis to Snell Library, you must now self-publish using the Northeastern University Proquest/ETD Administrator Site.

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Due to COVID-19, the Graduate School of Engineering is not currently requiring students to submit a physical hard copy document of their PhD Dissertation of MS Thesis to our office.

Students should initiate the submission process only after they have successfully defended the PhD Dissertation or MS Thesis and made all necessary changes as deemed by the Committee members.  Once complete, students can begin obtaining Committee and Graduate School of Engineering signatures by using one of the “initiate you signature page” links below.  Students will be notified by the Graduate School of Engineering once all signatures have been gathered and when to submit an electronic copy of their PhD Dissertation or MS Thesis to Proquest .

If there are any questions about this process, please email  [email protected] and your advisor can assist.

Initiate Your MS Thesis Signature Page

Initiate Your PhD Dissertation Signature Page

Dissertation/Thesis Deadlines

  • April 22, 2024 : MS Thesis/PhD Dissertation Signature Page is due to the Graduate School by 5pm Students submitting after this date will be required to register for an appropriate course in the following semester and are responsible for any tuition incurred.
  • April 27, 2024 : Submission to Proquest due and SED survey (PhD Only) The final MS Thesis or PhD Dissertation document should not be uploaded until the student has been notified of final approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.  Please do not upload the committee signature page with your document to Proquest . Instructions to complete the SED survey (PhD Only) will be emailed when the PhD Dissertation has been approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.
  • April 27, 2024 : Degree Conferral
  • August 19, 2024 : MS Thesis/PhD Dissertation Signature Page is due to the Graduate School by 5pm Students submitting after this date will be required to register for an appropriate course in the following semester and are responsible for any tuition incurred.
  • August 24, 2024 : Submission to Proquest due and SED survey (PhD Only) The final MS Thesis or PhD Dissertation document should not be uploaded until the student has been notified of final approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.  Please do not upload the committee signature page with your document to Proquest . Instructions to complete the SED survey (PhD Only) will be emailed when the PhD Dissertation has been approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.
  • August 23, 2024 : Degree Conferral
  • December 9, 2024 : Thesis and Dissertations due to the Graduate School by 5pm Students submitting after this date will be required to register for Thesis/Dissertation Continuation in the following term. Tuition is billed at 1 semester hour for this course.
  • December 14, 2024 : Submission to Proquest due and SED survey (PhD Only) The final MS Thesis or PhD Dissertation document should not be uploaded until the student has been notified of final approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.  Please do not upload the committee signature page with your document to Proquest . Instructions to complete the SED survey (PhD Only) will be emailed when the PhD Dissertation has been approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.
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Completing your masters degree – thesis.

Your first step regarding any questions with respect to writing your thesis is to  consult the  School of Graduate Studies’ Guide for the Preparation of Master’s and Doctoral Theses . All graduate theses must conform to the style and form requirements as detailed in the Guide.

Step 1. Write

Need help? If you have any questions or need assistance, please email [email protected].

1. Sample formats

Please consult the Guide for the Preparation of Theses for samples on how to format your thesis.

2. Referencing

Per the Guide for the Preparation of Theses: The text of the standard graduate thesis consists of the Introduction section or chapter, followed by several well-defined sections or chapters, which contain the research results, finishing with a Conclusion and Discussion section or chapter, or a summary statement of the results of the investigation. The List of References section (or bibliography) follows the text, and any appendices follow this.

Please consult the Guide for the Preparation of Theses for more detailed information on references and further resources that you can consult for referencing help.

3. Sandwich theses

If some of the research undertaken expressly for the degree has previously been published or prepared by the student as one or more journal articles, or parts of books, those items may be included within the thesis subject to the School of Graduate Studies’ regulations and to obtaining permission from the supervisory committee.

Please consult the Guide for the Preparation Theses – download via Quick Links to the right – for more detailed information on Sandwich Theses.

4. E-Thesis file name conventions

For your e-thesis to be published via MacSphere, the final version of your thesis should be named using the following file naming convention:

familyname_firstname_middleinitial_finalsubmissionyearmonth_degree

5. iThenticate - Plagiarism Checking Software

Effective December 1, 2023, all graduate students who initiate their defence on or after this date, are required to have their thesis run through McMaster’s plagiarism checking software, iThenticate.

iThenticate is a similarity detection tool meant to be used by researchers to check any original works that will be publicly released and who are concerned about potential plagiarism.

According to McMaster’s Research Plagiarism Checking Policy , it is expected that all graduate theses, shall be checked for plagiarism in compliance with this policy. Plagiarism checking is expected to occur prior to the coordination of the defence. Supervisors of Master’s students will need to sign a separate attestation sheet indicating that this has occurred and the document is satisfactory for public disclosure.

Your pre-defence thesis must be uploaded to iThenticate by your primary supervisor before you can initiate your Masters defence.

To protect graduate students’ privacy, only academic supervisors will have access to this software and will be responsible for uploading their student’s theses. It should not be used to check documents submitted to instructors as course assignments.

Step 2. Defend

Before initiating your defence, you should confirm with your supervisor and committee members if applicable, that you are ready to initiate. Your supervisor must also sign a separate attestation sheet prior to initiation, indicating that they have run your thesis through iThenticate and it is satisfactory for public disclosure. Once this is done, contact your department to confirm the program’s defence process. After a successful defence, the chair of the examination committee will inform you of thesis changes required by examiners. After all changes have been made, you must submit this completed form to the School of Graduate Studies for your final submission to be published to MacSphere.

Thesis Defence Submission

You can now check supervisor(s) and academic plan(s)

If any of this information is incorrect, you should contact to your program office before proceeding.

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Date and time

For dates and deadlines for defence and upcoming convocation ceremonies please refer to the Dates and Deadlines .

This step allows you to propose a date, time and location. This information will be confirmed by your program office, as they will receive notification after you have completed this process.

Please note your thesis title is required, but you can also add an abstract at this stage.

Please be aware after submission, your program office will assist you with the rest of the process and you should contact them to ensure that all arrangements have been put in place for your defence.

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Review and submit

You will be given an opportunity to review before submission. Once you have submitted you will receive a confirmation email that you have successfully initiated the process.

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Initiation of Masters defence process

Select My Academics in the Academic tab.

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Submission of Intent to initiate a Masters defence

Please consult with your department to see if they require that you initiate a Master’s Defence in Mosaic. All departments will need you to contact your Graduate Administrator to let them know you plan on defending your Master’s thesis. SGS does not require that you initiate a Master’s Defence in Mosaic but your department may have a different requirement. All PhD Defences MUST be initiated in Mosaic.

If your department requires that you initiate

You should select – Thesis Intent – Defend Thesis

This selection is only possible if you are enrolled a research plan type. If the student needs to switch to a research plan type, you should submit a service request for a plan change before initiating the thesis defence process.

Step 3. Submit

Please note that your degree requirements are considered complete when one electronic copy of the thesis, revised as directed by your defence examining committee, is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies through the E-Thesis Submission module in MacSphere.

Final thesis checklist

  • ONE electronic copy of the thesis, revised as recommended by the Thesis Examining Committee and approved by the Supervisor/Examining Committee
  • A standard 10-12 point font has been used
  • TOP and LEFT margins should be 3.8 cm, and RIGHT and BOTTOM margins should be 2.5 cm
  • Half-title page
  • Descriptive note
  • Abstract of 300 words or less
  • All preliminary pages are numbered in lower case Roman numerals
  • All pages must be numbered. The main body of the thesis, including text, bibliography and appendices, must be numbered continuously using Arabic numerals.

If you have not already done so, please submit the following forms to your department’s graduate administrator. They will submit them to the School of Graduate Studies on your behalf. Your final submission will not be considered complete without this documentation.

  • Final Thesis Submission Sheet
  • Copyright Permission Form
  • Library and Archives Canada Licence (PhD only)
  • McMaster University Licence

If you have completed all of the above requirements, you are ready to submit to your thesis.

E-thesis process

  • Submit your electronic thesis to MacSphere . Please follow the link and click on ‘Sign on to my MacSphere’ to deposit your thesis. Ensure your thesis is uploaded as a pdf document. Any supporting material can be uploaded in various formats.
  • E-thesis file name conventions. For your e-thesis to be published via MacSphere, the final version of your thesis should be named using the following file naming convention:

familyname_firstname_middleinitial_finalsubmissionyearmonth_degree.pdf

How to submit a thesis to MacSphere

  • Go to MacSphere.
  • On top/right corner click on Sign onto My MacSphere and log in with your MAC ID.
  • Click on Start a New Submission .
  • Select Collection: Open Access Dissertations and Theses , and click on Manual Submission to begin submitting your dissertation.
  • Complete the submission screens as prompted. Once you click on I Grant The License your dissertation will be submitted to SGS for processing.

Links to e-theses in MacSphere are available through a variety of tools. The contents of MacSphere are Google indexed, bringing McMaster scholarship to the attention of a broad range of users. Automated tools will continue to integrate e-theses with other print and electronic library resources in both the local catalogue and integrated catalogues, such as WorldCat.

Theses in physical formats have historically been low-use library materials, however digitized theses are receiving higher usage. Site statistics for theses currently available in McMaster’s MacSphere show several each month are downloaded more than 100 times and many others have multiple downloads.

Embargoed or withheld theses

Embargoed status is intended to protect rights for immediate commercial publication, to obtain a patent which may rise from the research, or as a result of any contract made with a third party. The student may request a postponement of digital publication for up to one year at the time of thesis submission to MacSphere – all such requests are automatically granted. Students who would like to extend this initial period of postponement must apply to the thesis coordinator who will forward the request to the Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies for determination of whether further publication postponement is warranted. This request must include a full description of why the additional delay is requested and what steps have been taken to address the issues that required the initial delay. No delay of publication more than two years from the initial submission will be permitted.

Please note that you and your supervisor must both sign the delay of publication area on your Final Thesis Submission Sheet. For more information, consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar .

E-thesis binding

If you choose to have your thesis bound, binding service is available through  pageforpage.com . Via their website, you can print, bind and send your thesis where you wish. However, this is only an option; you may use any binding service that you prefer.

Optional Bound Copies – Should the supervisor and/or department require one or more bound paper copies of your thesis, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain and distribute these bound copies.

Apart from these considerations, the general guidelines for thesis production should be followed.

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Submission of Thesis

All master’s students who are required or have chosen to write a thesis must follow the steps outlined below. As of April 2020, many departments are using DocuSign for the forms linked below. You may want to check with your department.

Thesis Proposal Filing

  • File a Thesis Proposal using the Thesis, Doctoral Project or Dissertation Proposal Form ( MS Word ).
  • If required, ensure that you have an IRB approval number. Consult the IRB website for additional information and forms. This form must be signed and approved by your advisor, committee and Director of Graduate Studies.
  • After the form is fully completed with all signatures, submit it to the Academic Affairs team in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office.
  • Once your proposal has been approved by your advisor, committee and Director of Graduate Studies, you may proceed with writing your thesis.
  • Some programs require master’s students to defend their theses, while others do not. Follow your program’s policies and procedures for defending and/or submitting your thesis.

Formatting Requirements

  • You should also consult the Guidelines for Dissertation, Doctoral Project and Thesis Writers formatting requirements before beginning your thesis.

Pre-Defense Forms

  • If your program includes a defense, check with your administrative contact on whether you should submit a Master’s Thesis Reviewers Report ( PDF ) signed by your committee and advisor to [email protected] .

Post-Defense Forms

  • After you have defended and/or submitted your thesis and it has been accepted by your committee, submit the Cover Sheet ( MS Word ) ( PDF ) with all the appropriate signatures to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Academic Affairs team in the Car Barn or [email protected] .
  • Send a completed Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Release Form ( MS Word ) ( PDF ) to [email protected] .
  • April 19, 2024 for spring graduation
  • August 19, 2024 for summer graduation
  • December 11, 2023 for fall graduation

ProQuest Profile

  • Setting up the ProQuest profile and submission requires a number of decisions. The Library has information about uploading Dissertations, Doctoral Projects, and Theses into ProQuest.
  • You will receive an email from [email protected] detailing the required formatting edits: there will likely be more than one round of edits. Complete the edits and upload the new version of the PDF to ProQuest. The best approach to streamlining the review process is to read the formatting requirements and modify your document accordingly before uploading it.
  • These edits must be completed and the thesis accepted by the Graduate School by the following dates for each graduation month. If it is not accepted, your thesis will not be approved and you will not be eligible to graduate in that month.

Deadline dates for each graduation term:

  • May 2024:  The initial deadline to upload your thesis is April 19, 2024 . The PDF of your thesis must be accepted by the Graduate School by close of business on May 1, 2024.
  • August 2024: The deadline to upload your thesis to the ProQuest site is August 19, 2024 . PDFs uploaded after this date cannot be guaranteed to be reviewed and accepted in time for August graduation. All above steps must be completed and your thesis accepted by the Graduate School by close of business on August 23, 2024 .
  • December 2023: The deadline to upload your thesis to the ProQuest site is December 11, 2023. PDFs uploaded after this date cannot be guaranteed to be reviewed and accepted in time for December graduation. All above steps must be completed and your thesis accepted by the Graduate School by close of business on December 15, 2023.

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Submitting your thesis/dissertation.

Submission of the final thesis/dissertation must be within 60 days of the final exam. Students who miss the 60 day submission deadline are ineligible to register in future terms.

The Graduate School uses ProQuest to administer the electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) submission and committee approval process that results in publication in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database and Cornell’s Library Repository, eCommons. Before initiating the electronic process, students are required to complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates (for doctoral students only). A SED Certification of Completion is provided to the student when the survey has been completed. Once the survey is completed, the final ETD can then be submitted to the Graduate School using the ProQuest system. The SED Certification of Completion is required for submission to ProQuest.

ProQuest Submission Steps

In order to complete the submission process, you will need to have the following:

  • A single PDF file of your thesis or dissertation
  • Your abstract
  • Supplemental material
  • SED Certification of Completion 

Step 1: Begin Submission Process

Master’s students go to  Cornell Master’s ProQuest site, doctoral students go to  Cornell Doctoral ProQuest site. Click on the “sign up and get started today” button and follow instructions to begin the submission process.

Submission Process: Submission steps are outlined on the left menu. You will see the items checked off as you progress through the submission steps. You must click “Save & Continue” at the bottom of each page, even pages on which you do not enter any information. Using the left menu, you can return to any page and make changes until the point of final submission.

Step 2: Publishing Options

Traditional Publishing:  “Traditional Publishing” is automatically selected and is included in the Cornell Thesis and Dissertation filing fees.

Delayed Release:  ProQuest provides six months, and one and two year embargoes. The Graduate School recommends you discuss the publishing options with your advisor. If your advisor is unavailable or has no opinion, the conservative approach is to choose a two-year embargo.

Step 3: Read and Agree to ProQuest and University Distribution License

Both ProQuest and Cornell University distribution licenses will be presented for your acceptance.

Step 4: Enter Thesis/Dissertation Information

In addition to the mandatory information, such as title and abstract, you will have the opportunity to select up to three categories (subject areas) and six key words that describe your ETD. This information will make it easier for others to find your work when searching the web.

Step 5: Upload PDF and Supplemental Files

Upload PDF: Whether you use the PDF conversion tool provided by ProQuest or you convert your document to PDF yourself, review your PDF to ensure your formatting remains as you intended after conversion.

Supplementary Materials: If supplementary materials – such as audio, video, and spreadsheets – are an integral part of your ETD, you can submit them as supplementary files during the online submission process.

Step 6: Upload Required Documents

The SED Certification of Completion if you are a Ph.D. candidate is required for submission to ProQuest.

Step 7: Register for Copyright

You can complete this process through ProQuest for a fee, or you complete the process independently through the U.S. Copyright Office.

Step 8: Order Copies

If you would like to purchase additional copies of your thesis/dissertation for yourself, your field, or your committee members, you may order bound copies through ProQuest (Order Copies page). The required bound archival copy for the library is automatically ordered for you and included in the Cornell thesis and dissertation filing fees.

Select the “Decline – do not order” option if you don’t wish to order additional copies.

Bound copies can also be ordered through Cornell Print Services .

Step 9: Review and Submit

Once the thesis editor has reviewed the formatting of your thesis/dissertation, you will receive an email to let you know whether any corrections are required. You will then have five days to make the changes and upload the revised PDF. You will not be certified for graduation until the formatting of your ETD has been fully approved by the Graduate School. You will receive a confirmation email of final acceptance.

Step 10: Submitting Revised PDF (if needed)

You will receive an email describing the formatting changes needed with instructions and a link for resubmission.

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  • Students completing a Master's with the thesis option should review the Master's Thesis Guide for specific requirements prior to submitting their final thesis. The guide includes details on electronic submission of the thesis, as well as the review and approval process.
  • D.Sc. and Ph.D. students should review the Doctoral Dissertation Guide for specific requirements prior to submitting their final dissertation. The guide includes details on electronic submission of the dissertation, as well as the review and approval process.
  • Students are required to format their documents according to the McKelvey Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines prior to submission. Students may use the school's officially supported LaTeX template or the  McKelvey Dissertation and Thesis Word Template  as a starting point.
  • Students may optionally submit a draft (PDF or WORD) copy of their thesis/dissertation to [email protected]  prior to their defense date, for a format review. However, they should not submit any documents to the publication website until they have successfully defended. Pre-defense reviews are subject to availability. 
  • Students must successfully defend their thesis/dissertation before the stated deadline in the McKelvey Academic Calendar . All committee members must sign a completed final oral exam form before submitting the final thesis/dissertation for publication. The student's departmental administrator will send the form to the McKelvey Registrars.

See the Forms page for applicable forms.

Master's Thesis Submission

Master's students will submit their final theses through the Washington University Library's Open Scholarship website at the link below   (submission instructions can be found here) . Students should review the Master's Thesis Guide or consult with their department administrator before submitting.

Master's electronic submission

Doctoral Dissertation Submission

Doctoral students submit their final dissertations to ProQuest at the link below. For more information, students should review the Doctoral Dissertation Guide or consult with their department administrator. See guide for submission instructions .

Ph.D./D.Sc. electronic submission

Note : Doctoral students must also submit an online Survey of Earned Doctorates form . The completion of this survey is a graduation requirement, so please plan to complete the survey prior to the dissertation deadline. Ph.D. students should complete the Post-Graduate Job Survey .

Thesis-on-Demand (TOD)

McKelvey Engineering students may order copies of their thesis/dissertation to be copied and bound only after they have received final approval of their online submission. Refer to the appropriate guide for more information.

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Read over the Thesis and Dissertation Manual for an overview of document and format guidelines and more.

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Whether you need to make an appointment or need guidance about copyright rules, the following resources are available to support you:

Spring 2024 Thesis Info Session Resources

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Have questions about graduation? Not sure where to begin? The Office of Graduate Education has developed Pathways to Graduation , a self-guided Canvas course which helps to equip graduate students with the tools to succeed and experience a smooth, stress-free road to graduation.

Many policies related to this process are listed in Georgia Tech’s Policy Library. For international students, there are Office of International Education policies on enrollment and optional practical training that you’ll want to become familiar with.

Graduate Thesis Faculty Submission Form

Effective for the summer 2023 term, the policy on advisement of graduate students has been updated in the Catalog . Tenure-track faculty are members of the Graduate Thesis Faculty by default. All other Georgia Tech faculty must be approved by the program and submitted to the Office of Graduate Education. Departments must submit those names, once approved, via our submission form below.

Electronic Submission and Disseminating Your Work

Tech requires all theses and dissertations to be submitted electronically. Once it is approved by your committee, here’s what happens next:

  • Visit the Electronic Thesis and Dissertations (ETD) Submission System . Please follow the instructions, and upload your approved thesis or dissertation as a PDF.
  • Graduate Education will check your uploaded PDF and will notify you if there are any corrections. You must make the corrections, and resubmit the corrected file.
  • If Graduate Education has all the required pre-thesis and thesis-related (or dissertation) documents, we will approve your thesis/dissertation and notify the Office of the Registrar that you are eligible to graduate.
  • You and your committee members will receive an approval notice via Vireo/ETD. Approximately a month after you graduate, your thesis/dissertation will be released for electronic circulation.
  • You can request that your thesis/dissertation be withheld from release for one year for intellectual property reasons. The Graduate Thesis Office ( [email protected] ) must receive a written request from your advisor approving your request at the same time as you submit your other thesis documents. The Request for Withholding form is available via DocuSign.

When you’re ready to share your work with the public, check out the Georgia Tech Digital Repository  on disseminating your thesis or dissertation.

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Thesis & Dissertation Submission FAQs

Please review these frequently asked questions about the thesis and dissertation submission process. 

The Graduate School accepts theses electronically only, uploaded as a pdf document, through the  ProQuest website . This site contains information on converting word documents to pdf documents, and has a helpful section of frequently asked questions. The Thesis Approval For m must be attached as a supplemental file. Before submitting electronically, students can call the Graduate School to discuss options for a pre-check of thesis/dissertation format. Please check submission deadlines on the  Graduate School calendar .

In order to have your degree awarded in any given semester, the thesis or dissertation, with the Thesis Approval Form attached as a supplemental file, must be submitted by the published deadline .

Your thesis will be reviewed by the Graduate School.  Keep a close eye on your e-mail, as you'll receive confirmation that the thesis has been accepted or a request to make revisions.

Any revisions to your thesis must be complete by the posted deadline; please allow time to make revisions as necessary.  Should you have any concerns, Graduate School staff members will work with you directly to plan a path forward.

The Thesis Approval Form (TAF) shows that your committee has approved the final version of your thesis.  In advance of submission, fill out the form and enter contact informatiion; the form will then be routed to your committee chair and one other member.  The form will be returned to you with signatures.  Download the form and attach it to your thesis as a supplemental file when you submit the pdf.  Full instructions are available to assist you.

ProQuest provides a number of resources to assist with preparation of your submission, including information on converting documents to pdf.

If you have data or other supplemental files (video, audio, CSVs, code, etc.) you would like to make available along with your thesis or dissertation you have two options. 

  • Upload your files directly to  CU Scholar . CU Scholar is an open access institutional repository maintained by the University Libraries that preserves and provides perpetual public access to the research activities of members of the CU Boulder community. Data librarians will help guide you through the process of making your data available and accessible and will create a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) that will link to your data. Once your thesis or dissertation is published in CU Scholar it will be associated with your dataset.  
  • Upload your files as supplemental files along with your thesis when submitting to ProQuest. You are limited to ten supplemental files (including the single page TAF) and each supplemental file can be up to 4GB. You can find more details on ProQuest’s FAQ:  How can I include related files (sound clips, data sets, etc.) that are a critical part of my dissertation or thesis?  If you select to have your work included in the institutional repository (CU Scholar) during the thesis submission process, any supplemental files will be associated with your thesis in CU Scholar after publication. 

You can import graphics files into your word processing application prior to creating the final PDF version. Generally, we have found that .gif files translate to PDF better than to .jpg (JPEG) files.

Yes. However, links should only be to other parts of the dissertation. That is, they should not link to external web sites that might change after the document is submitted. 

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Templates for Microsoft Word 2007+ with new automation features to better facilitate writing theses/dissertations. Read the instructions thoroughly before using. Available only to MSU-affiliated logged-in users.

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  • MS Thesis Committee Appointment Form
  • This form must be submitted, at the latest, one semester prior to the scheduled thesis final oral examination; or at the latest, four (4) weeks before taking the thesis final oral examination
  • The minimum number of MS thesis committee members is three (3)
  • The majority or at least two (2) out of three (3) MSEE thesis committee members must have greater than 50% appointments in the ECE Department at UTD
  • The majority or at least two (2) out of three (3) MSCE or MSTE thesis committee members must be affiliated with the CE/TE programs at UTD
  • Student completes the form electronically & obtains all committee member signatures. If opting for digital signatures, use a UTD computer and make sure that the UTD email address is visible on the signature pane
  • For ECE Department Head and Graduate Dean signatures, email the pdf form to [email protected]
  • Change in Thesis Committee Membership
  • The MS Advisor must email the Dean of Graduate Education to provide justification regarding the need to change committee member(s)
  • The Graduate Dean provides feedback and instructions to complete a new thesis committee appointment form
  • For ECE Department Head and Graduate Dean signatures, the student or MS Thesis Advisor forwards both email chain between the MS Thesis Advisor and Graduate Dean, & revised thesis committee appointment form to [email protected] ; at the latest, four (4) weeks before taking the thesis final oral examination
  • Master’s Thesis Examination Report
  • Student must be registered for, at least, minimum three (3) graduate coursework hours in the semester taking the thesis final oral examination
  • Plan your thesis final oral examination, at least two (2) weeks before the thesis final copy submission deadline
  • The Examination Report form is due within three (3) business days of the examination
  • Make a duplicate for your records. Email the pdf to [email protected]
  • Office of Graduate Education , Academic Calendar and MS Graduation Checklist
  • Check all three (3) links for instructions and deadlines
  • Thesis Presentation Details
  • This online form is due a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled thesis final oral examination
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Below is an overview of the main steps in preparing, defending, and submitting your thesis or dissertation. For detailed instructions on each step, see The Graduate School's  Guide for Electronic Submission of Thesis and Dissertation (PDF) , in addition to this video recording from a workshop given on the subject. 

  • Schedule your defense and apply for graduation in DukeHub ( defense and graduation deadlines ).  
  • At least 30 days before your defense: Confirm or update your defense committee.  
  • Give your thesis/dissertation to your advisor for inspection, and prompt your advisor to send a letter to [email protected] stating that it is complete and ready to defend. Note: For students in School of Medicine Ph.D. programs, their advisor letters are generated through T3.  
  • Request your DGSA to send a departmental defense announcement to  [email protected] . Note: For students in School of Medicine Ph.D. programs, their departmental defense announcements are generated through T3.  
  • At least 2 weeks before your defense: Submit your complete, correctly formatted dissertation/thesis to ProQuest (initial submission). Also provide it to each member of your committee.  
  • Optional: After you receive an email through ProQuest from the Graduate School administrator who reviewed your thesis/dissertation format, you may make an appointment for a brief, virtual meeting with the administrator to discuss any questions you have about the defense process or the recommended formatting revisions.  
  • A few days before your defense, The Graduate School will generate your final examination certificate and email it to the chair/co-chair(s) of your examination committee and the DGSA of your department. Note:  For students in School of Medicine Ph.D. programs, their final examination certificates are generated and released through T3.  
  • Defend your dissertation. After your final examination, your committee members will vote on whether you passed or failed. Your chair and DGS will record the votes on your final examination certificate, sign it, and submit it to The Graduate School. Your committee may vote that you passed but still require minor edits or corrections before final submission.  
  • As soon as possible after your defense, submit to [email protected] the Non-Exclusive Distribution License and Thesis/Dissertation Availability Agreement (“embargo agreement”) signed by yourself and your thesis/dissertation advisor.  
  • Within 30 days after your successful defense, or by the established final submission deadline (whichever is first): Submit the final version of your dissertation/thesis to ProQuest.

Guide for Electronic Submission of Thesis and Dissertation (PDF)

We provide the following templates for your convenience and to help you eliminate common formatting errors. However,  all submitted theses and dissertations must meet the specifications listed in the ETD guide . The manuscript must be a completed document, formatted correctly, with no sections left blank.

  • Word Template for Thesis/Dissertation (Word)
  • LaTeX Template for Thesis/Dissertation (ZIP)

Notes about the LaTeX Template

  • This LaTeX template is for both master's and Ph.D. students. Master's theses must also have an abstract title page.
  • Neither The Graduate School nor OIT supports LaTeX beyond providing this template.

Ph.D. and master’s students are required to apply for graduation in  DukeHub  by the established application deadline for the semester in which they plan to graduate.

Review the full graduation guidelines on the  Graduation Information and Deadlines  page. 

When you submit your thesis or dissertation electronically, you will also permit Duke University to make it available online through  DukeSpace  at Duke Libraries. See the pages below for more information about ETDs:

  • ETDs Overview
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  • ETD Copyright Information 
  • ETD Technical Help 

Check out the writing support  offered by The Graduate School, such as writing spaces, consultations, and access to online writing workshops, communities, and resources.

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MS Thesis Guide

MS students engaged in research are encouraged to prepare and defend a thesis.

Thesis preparation 

The Master's Thesis should follow the format defined in the Graduate Studies thesis guide, and should include the following items:

  • an abstract with objectives and clearly stated unique contributions
  • survey and discussion/synthesis of pertinent literature
  • discussions of the completed research tasks, including theory development, data collection, analysis, and documentation
  • a set of conclusions that emphasize new theoretical, modeling, or experimental contributions; or novel applications of existing theories

The quality of the Master’s Thesis should allow the material to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Learn more: resources for graduate students

Thesis defense 

Upon the completion of the written thesis, the student must defend it orally. The thesis advisor must approve the thesis for the defense before its final submission to the faculty committee. The committee will indicate that the thesis is ready for defense by submitting the COE Final Oral Examination Request Form to the Office of Graduate Studies.

The student is responsible for asking the Office of Graduate Studies to announce the thesis defense. The defense takes place no less than one week after the student has submitted the thesis to the Graduate School and has presented copies to the faculty committee members. The oral presentation is a public event. The faculty committee generally meets with the candidate in a closed meeting following the open oral presentation. During the defense, the faculty committee may question the student on both the content of the thesis and the student's course work.

The committee will report on the examination results by completing the COE Graduate Examination Report Form . The possible outcomes of the Master's Examination are:

  • the student passes: a majority of supporting votes are required, in addition to the approval of the Advisor
  • the student fails: re-examination might be permitted upon the recommendation of the Advisor and the approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Committee approval of the thesis is indicated by a completed signature page.

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Colleges of engineering and medicine, ms thesis guidelines.

The sections below provide detailed information for current master’s thesis students. If you have any questions about the information below, please contact the biomedical engineering department’s student affairs office.

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Requirements to defend the master’s thesis:

  • Students must be in good academic standing.
  • Students must submit their Intent to Graduate prior to any term when they might be graduating. Students should log in to the University portal . Find the “Student Self-Service” – “Records Menu” at the bottom left of the Welcome tab. Click on “Graduation” in the new Records page, the click “Apply to Graduate.” Read the information carefully and follow the instructions given. For more information, visit the Graduate College graduation page .
  • Master’s students do not need to be registered for the term when they defend their thesis if they have finished all coursework and thesis research hours. However, registration (including zero-hour registration) is required for all master’s students holding a student visa, as stipulated by the Office of International Services. Also, certain fellowships, assistantships and tuition fee waivers require a minimum number of credit hours.
  • Zero-hour registration: Master’s students are only eligible for “Zero Hours Option A.” Charges for Option A include Range IV (0 hours) tuition, tuition differential, and all related fees, including CampusCare (unless under the the opt-out option). The petition must be submitted by the 10th day of the fall or spring term, or the fifth day of the summer term. Students should register for 0 credit hours of master’s thesis research (BME 598) by the registration deadline each term, even if the petition is still pending approval. Please check with the graduate program coordinator to confirm that all degree requirements have been fulfilled prior to petitioning for zero hours. More information about zero hour-registration, including important information for international students, can be found on the zero-hour registration page .
  • Thesis submission deadlines: In order to be eligible to graduate for a certain term, students must submit the thesis and have it approved by the deadline according to the Graduate College academic calendar . Failure to submit the thesis by the deadline will delay a student’s graduation to the following term.

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Thesis committee.

The thesis committee must be approved by the Graduate College, on the recommendation of the director of graduate studies, and consists of at least three people. At least one must be a tenured full member of the UIC Graduate Faculty, at least one must be a biomedical engineering department faculty member, and the committee chairperson must have full membership (not necessarily tenured). Check the Graduate College website for the membership status of individual faculty. For any faculty without membership in the Graduate Faculty, a CV will need to be included with the Committee Recommendation Form.

Committee recommendation form

The committee recommendation form must be submitted to the Graduate College for processing at least 3 weeks prior to the thesis defense date. The form must be approved by your advisor and then submitted to the graduate program coordinator to obtain approval from the director of graduate studies.  Please note:

  • The form must be typed on the PDF. Handwritten versions will not be accepted.
  • Your full name on the form MUST exactly match the name on your student record as well as the final thesis that is submitted to the Graduate College.
  • The program code for the bioengineering program is 20FS0408MS and biomedical engineering program is 20FS5971MS .
  • The program code for the bioinformatics program is 20FS1909MS .
  • The thesis title may not exceed 105 characters, including spaces, and may not include any abbreviations. The thesis title on the form MUST match the title of the final thesis that is submitted to the Graduate College.
  • Changes to the committee or the thesis title may be requested before the defense occurs using the Request for Change in Thesis Title/Committee Member(s) Form. Please note that changes to the thesis title after the Examination Report has been issued will require submission of the Request for Change form to the Graduate College. A new examination report will be issued and it will be the student’s responsibility to obtain all of the signatures from the committee members.

Thesis defense announcement

The defense must be open to the academic community of the university and be publicly announced one week prior to its occurrence. The student must submit a copy of the thesis to each member of the thesis defense committee one week prior to the defense date. Students are responsible for e-mailing the graduate program coordinator at least one week prior to the defense date with the announcement (date, time, location, advisor), thesis title, and abstract. The announcement will be distributed to the students and faculty one week prior to the defense date.

iThenticate procedures

The student is the sole author of his or her thesis, and it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all information is correctly cited and that proper copyright permissions have been obtained. The iThenticate screening process is one tool towards that end and is required to be completed prior to the thesis defense.

iThenticate account information will be e-mailed from [email protected] to you upon receipt of the Committee Recommendation Form by the Graduate College. The Graduate College website includes a page on iThenticate review procedures .

There are three iThenticate report documents that need to be submitted to the Graduate College through a shared Box folder. Detailed instructions and a demonstration video are available on the Graduate College’s iThenticate page . Please be sure that the Box folder is shared with the Graduate College using [email protected] (along with your advisor) and that it includes all three reports required by the Graduate College. The final report must show zero percent overlap.

Thesis defense

All candidates for the MS degree must have an advisor who is a member of the UIC graduate faculty. The advisor is considered the primary reader of the thesis. Defense presentations must be limited to less than one hour. Additional time will be allowed for direct examination by the thesis committee and discussion among the committee members alone.

The committee vote is “pass” or “fail.” A candidate cannot be passed if more than one vote of “fail” is reported.

The Executive Committee of the Graduate College has endorsed a return to in-person defense of preliminary/qualifying examinations, theses and dissertations as of Spring 2022. A limited use of Zoom and similar technologies for hybrid defenses will be permitted in cases where (1) members of the committees have a documented excused absence from the UIC campus, (2) the student is currently remote and unable to return to campus, or (3) where external committee members are employed more than 50 miles from UIC – making travel to campus problematic or expensive.

Examination report form

After the committee recommendation form has been approved by the Graduate College, the Graduate College will send the Examination Report Form to the graduate program coordinator, who will e-mail students that it is available. The Examination Report Form must include the pass/fail decision and signature by the entire committee. The Examination Report Form must be submitted to the graduate program coordinator within two business days of the thesis defense.

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) submission

The Graduate College’s Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) guidelines and Thesis Manual can assist you in preparing and submitting your thesis. Following your defense, the final version of your thesis must be reviewed by your advisor and the graduate program coordinator at [email protected] before it is submitted to the Graduate College through the ETD submission system. Students are required to pay a publishing fee as outlined in the ETD guidelines.

Master’s thesis defense timeline

At least two months prior to defense

  • Consult with research advisor regarding anticipated date of defense.
  • Confirm with the graduate program coordinator that all other degree requirements have been fulfilled.
  • Submit the Intent to Graduate through my.uic.edu  prior to the term of the defense.
  • Contact potential committee members regarding availability.
  • Coordinate with committee members for date/time when all members are available.

At least three weeks prior to defense

  • Complete the Committee Recommendation Form and submit to the graduate program coordinator.
  • Reserve a room (contact the graduate program coordinator when requesting a biomedical engineering classroom).

One week prior to defense

  • Send defense announcement to [email protected] with date, time, location, advisor, title, and abstract.
  • Provide copies of the thesis to each member of the committee.
  • Submit thesis through iThenticate and generate reports required by committee and Graduate College.

Following the defense

  • Immediately confirm that every committee member has signed the Examination Report Form, indicating a grade (“Pass” or “Fail”).
  • Immediately make sure the chairperson indicates the Examination Date and any conditions that may have been made by the committee.
  • Submit the complete, signed form to the graduate program coordinator within two business days of the defense.
  • In the following weeks, e-mail a copy of the committee-approved thesis to [email protected] for format approval. You will be notified within 24 hours if it is ready to be submitted through the ETD.
  • Upload the final thesis to the Graduate College through the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation system . Follow all instructions related to the format requirements and publishing fee.

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    Submit your corrected copy to us by uploading the corrected copy to Canvas. When all corrections have been made, you will receive full credit in Module 04. The ETD Office will convert your file to PDF format and return it via Canvas. Complete Modules 06 & 07 using PDF received from the ETD Office. First: Defend thesis or dissertation, make any ...

  11. Thesis Guidelines

    Deadline dates for each graduation term: May 2024: The initial deadline to upload your thesis is April 19, 2024.The PDF of your thesis must be accepted by the Graduate School by close of business on May 1, 2024.; August 2024: The deadline to upload your thesis to the ProQuest site is August 19, 2024.PDFs uploaded after this date cannot be guaranteed to be reviewed and accepted in time for ...

  12. Thesis & Dissertation : Graduate School

    Policy requires the thesis/dissertation be submitted within 60 days of the final exam. The Graduate School uses a service called ProQuest to administer the electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) submission and committee approval process. Once you have made any necessary revisions and the thesis/dissertation is final, you are ready to begin the ...

  13. Submitting Your Thesis/Dissertation : Graduate School

    Submitting Your Thesis/Dissertation. Submission of the final thesis/dissertation must be within 60 days of the final exam. Students who miss the 60 day submission deadline are ineligible to register in future terms. The Graduate School uses ProQuest to administer the electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) submission and committee approval process ...

  14. Thesis & Dissertation Submission Procedures

    The student's departmental administrator will send the form to the McKelvey Registrars. See the Forms page for applicable forms. Master's Thesis Submission. Master's students will submit their final theses through the Washington University Library's Open Scholarship website at the link below (submission instructions can be found here).

  15. Theses & Dissertations

    Visit the Electronic Thesis and Dissertations (ETD) Submission System. Please follow the instructions, and upload your approved thesis or dissertation as a PDF. Graduate Education will check your uploaded PDF and will notify you if there are any corrections. You must make the corrections, and resubmit the corrected file.

  16. Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review

    Contact us. Call or email us with your questions. (662) 325-2170. [email protected].

  17. Thesis & Dissertation Submission FAQs

    The Thesis Approval Form (TAF) shows that your committee has approved the final version of your thesis. In advance of submission, fill out the form and enter contact informatiion; the form will then be routed to your committee chair and one other member. The form will be returned to you with signatures. Download the form and attach it to your ...

  18. Instructions for using the 8th edition MSU thesis/dissertation Word

    Templates for Microsoft Word 2007+ with new automation features to better facilitate writing theses/dissertations. Read the instructions thoroughly before using. ... Mississippi State University Libraries and Nail, James, "Instructions for using the 8th edition MSU thesis/dissertation Word automated templates" (2019). ... Submission Help ...

  19. MS Thesis-Option Forms & Links

    Plan your thesis final oral examination, at least two (2) weeks before the thesis final copy submission deadline; The Examination Report form is due within three (3) business days of the examination; Make a duplicate for your records. Email the pdf to [email protected]; MS Thesis-Option Forms

  20. Theses and Dissertations

    Below is an overview of the main steps in preparing, defending, and submitting your thesis or dissertation. For detailed instructions on each step, see The Graduate School's Guide for Electronic Submission of Thesis and Dissertation (PDF), in addition to this video recording from a workshop given on the subject. Schedule your defense and apply for graduation in DukeHub (defense and graduation ...

  21. MS Thesis Guide

    The Master's Thesis should follow the format defined in the Graduate Studies thesis guide, and should include the following items: an abstract with objectives and clearly stated unique contributions. survey and discussion/synthesis of pertinent literature. discussions of the completed research tasks, including theory development, data ...

  22. What is the thesis / dissertation submission deadline for this semester

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  23. MS Thesis Guidelines

    Changes to the committee or the thesis title may be requested before the defense occurs using the Request for Change in Thesis Title/Committee Member(s) Form. Please note that changes to the thesis title after the Examination Report has been issued will require submission of the Request for Change form to the Graduate College. A new examination ...