Dissertation, Doctoral Project, and Thesis Information

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

Important Notes for Dissertation, Doctoral Project & Thesis Writers

  • Read over the steps for submitting a Master’s Thesis or a Dissertation or Doctoral Project.
  • 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, Doctoral Project 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.  The Library has created a very informative series of short videos about the choices you must make on the ProQuest site. 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, Doctoral Project or Dissertation

See the guidelines for submission of the master’s thesis and doctoral project/dissertation.

Downloading a Thesis / Doctoral Project / Dissertation Template

(for Master’s and Doctoral candidates)

We recommend that you download a Thesis/Doctoral Project/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:

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  • 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.

Dissertation Defense Calendar