Electronic Thesis and Dissertation
New Information - updated September 21, 2011
Students in all programs must submit their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation to the Graduate College electronically, as a PDF. The Graduate College no longer accepts paper submissions beginning Fall 2011.
There are a few changes related to publishing fees.
BackgroundDuring the Spring 2011 semester, a pilot project for electronic theses and dissertations began. Students in the programs listed below were given the option to submit their thesis or dissertation electronically.
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Intent to GraduateThe thesis submission process is seperate from declaring an intent to graduate. See Graduation and Deadlines for procedures and deadlines for submitting and Intent to Graduate.
Committee ApprovalMaster's Thesis, Doctoral Preliminary Examination, and Doctoral DIssertation committees are approved by the Graduate College based on guidelines developed by the faculty and the Graduate College Executive Committee. A Committee Recommendation Form must be completed and submitted to the Graduate College, with appropriate signatures, at least three weeks before the date of the examination or defense. See Exams and Defense for procedures and forms.
Registration RequirementsThe Graduate College does not require master's students to be registered in order to submit an Intent to Graduate, defend a thesis, submit a thesis to the Graduate College, or graduate, assuming all course requirements are completed, or will be completed by the graduation deadline. Students with federal aid, assistantships, tuition and service-fee waivers, fellowships, or on student visas need to be registered under most circumstances. Additionally, some programs require registration in the term of a thesis defense.
The Graduate College requires doctoral students to be continuously registered from the term of the Preliminary Examination through the term of a successful dissertation defense (not necessarily the term of graduation), excluding summers, unless a Preliminary Examination or dissertation defense occurs in a summer term.
Thesis/Dissertation Submission DeadlinesSee thesis submission deadlines.
Electronic Thesis/Dissertation FAQsSee Electronic Thesis/Dissertation FAQs.
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation FormatThe format of the electronic thesis and dissertation follows the guidelines detailed in the Graduate College Thesis Manual. See Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Format.
Thesis/Dissertation Publishing Options/Access and Related InformationFor information on publishing options (traditional, open access, restricted) and on copyright and thesis writing see Thesis/Dissertation Publishing Options/Access and Related Information.
ETD Submission Responsibilites of Student, Defense Committee Chair, and Academic ProgramPlease see this information here.
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission ProcessSee Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission Process for procedures and special instructions on the submission process.