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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
- ETD Format
- Copyright and the Thesis and Dissertation
- ETD Publishing Options, Access and Related Information
- Submission Responsibilites of the Student, Defense Committee Chair, and Program
- ETD Submission Process
- ETD FAQs
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.
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.
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
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.