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Electronic Thesis/Dissertation

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.

Link to Submit an ETD

Click on the following link to begin the submission process:

Related UIC Pages

Intent to Graduate

The 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 Approval

Master'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 Requirements

The 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 Deadlines

See  thesis submission deadlines.

Electronic Thesis/Dissertation FAQs

See Electronic Thesis/Dissertation FAQs.

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Format

The 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 Information

For information on publishing options (traditional, open access, restricted) and on copyright and thesis writing see Thesis/Dissertation Publishing Options/Access and Related Information.

Library Fee and Payment

See information at Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Format.

ETD Submission Responsibilites of Student, Defense Committee Chair, and Academic Program

Please see this information here.

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission Process

See Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission Process for procedures and special instructions on the submission  process.