Preparation Submission Doctoral Dissertation

These guidelines will help you to prepare and submit your master's thesis or doctoral dissertation and its abstract for final approval by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Procedures and Deadlines

Ensure timely submission of your documents by following the steps and deadlines for your intended graduation date on Master's Degree Milestones or Doctoral Degree Milestones. If you have questions regarding your graduate program or the preparation of your thesis or dissertation, contact Graduate Studies:

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Submitting an electronic thesis or dissertation is the same as submitting one printed on paper; you prepare your document and figures using the same software you normally use. You benefit by filing electronically because you won’t need to print and submit multiple copies on paper and the academic community benefits because your work is more accessible via digital archiving and internet retrieval.

Academic Integrity

You’re responsible for adhering to the highest standards of academic integrity when submitting your thesis or dissertation. In support of those standards, the Office of Graduate Studies encourages any student with concerns or questions about plagiarism to discuss them with our Doctoral Programs Coordinator, a faculty advisor, or other qualified faculty or staff.

Plagiarism is defined as presenting the work of another as one's own (i.e., without proper acknowledgment of the source) and submitting examinations, theses, reports, speeches, drawings, laboratory notes or other academic work in whole or in part as one's own when such work has been prepared by another person or copied from another person. Although most obvious in cases where text is copied word for word, plagiarism also includes copying ideas or arguments from another source, including the Internet. Plagiarism can involve as little as copying a key phrase or sentence without acknowledging the source. For more information, see Academic Integrity: Plagiarism.

Dissertation and Thesis Submission

  • The doctoral dissertation/master's thesis must be submitted to each member of the doctoral/thesis committee at least four weeks before the final examination/defense. 
  • A student must make an appointment with the Graduate Division for a preliminary check of his/her dissertation/thesis. At that appointment the format is checked and instructions on the final preparation and submission of the dissertation/thesis are given.
  • The final version of the dissertation/thesis must conform to procedures outlined in the "Preparation and Submission Manual for Doctoral Dissertations and Masters' Theses".
    * Please note, new margin and pagination requirements are in effect beginning Fall 2017. Please be sure to follow the 2017-2018 version of the manual found here.
  • A student must make a final appointment with the Graduate Division for the submission of all final degree paperwork and the final dissertation/thesis. Please see the 2017-2018 Preparation and Submission Manual for Doctoral Dissertations and Masters' Theses for detailed instructions. 
  • Please print the Dissertation/Thesis Release Form and bring it with you to discuss during your preliminary appointment.

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