Note:  Forms required for the submission of theses and dissertations are available on the Academic Forms page.

Important Notes FOR DISSERTATION & THESIS WRITERS

  • Read over the Master's Thesis Checklist or the Doctoral Dissertation Checklist.
  • If your research involves human subjects, you must obtain approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before beginning the process outlined below. Information is available in Section IV.B.2 Research on Human Subjects of the Graduate Bulletin (from the Policies page). Additional information and forms are available on the IRB website. Your IRB-C approval number must be included on the Thesis or Dissertation Proposal Form.
  • Consult the Guidelines for Dissertation and Thesis Writers before beginning your thesis or dissertation.
  • Download a Thesis/Dissertation template to assist with formatting your work (links to the template can be found in the "Submission Procedures" sections below).
  • All theses/dissertations are submitted electronically via the ETD ProQuest website. Instructions for use of the ProQuest website, along with the publisher's "Resources & Guidelines" documents can be found here.  Additional information on copyright, publishing options and other topics is available on Lauinger's Scholarly Communication website
  • Doctoral dissertation defenses are open to the public and the academic community and are listed on the Doctoral Defense calendar.
  • More information about the requirements for theses and dissertations can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

SUBMISSION OF THE THESIS OR DISSERTATION

See the guidelines for submission of the master's thesis and doctoral dissertation.

DOWNLOADING THE THESIS / DISSERTATION TEMPLATE  

(for Master's and Ph.D. candidates)

We recommend that you download a Thesis/Dissertation Template using Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome browsers.  There are some reported issues for students trying to download using Internet Explorer.  The download links are shown below:

Windows PC:  The combined Master's Thesis / Doctoral Dissertation Template for MS-Word for Windows is available at:  Thesis/Dissertation Template-PC

Apple/Mac:

The Master's Thesis Template for Word for Mac is available at: Thesis Template-MAC

The Doctoral Dissertation Template for Word for Mac is available at Dissertation Template-MAC

LaTeX: If you use the LaTeX markup language, you can download a ZIP file folder containing several template and style documents, as well as an extensive tutorial manual, at this link: Thesis/Dissertation Template-LATEX

LaTeX users please note:  these LaTeX template materials are provided for the convenience of those who are already proficient in the use of LaTeX. Neither the Graduate School nor the faculty who helped develop this template are able to provide support or training in the use of this specialty software.