All doctoral students must follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Complete a Dissertation/Doctoral Project Proposal (MS Word). This form should be submitted during the first semester of Thesis Research.
    • This form must be signed by you and signed and approved by your advisor, committee, and Director of Graduate Studies.
    • If required, ensure that you have an IRB approval number. Consult the IRB website for additional information and forms.
    • After the form is fully completed with all signatures, submit it to the Office of Graduate Student Services at gradstudentservices@georgetown.edu.
  2. Once your proposal has been approved by your advisor, committee, and Director of Graduate Studies, you may proceed with writing your dissertation.
  3. At least one week prior to your defense date, submit the Doctoral Dissertation/Project Reviewers Report, (MSWord) (PDF) signed by your committee and advisor. At the same time, email your dissertation title and abstract to gradstudentservices@georgetown.edu.
  4. Follow your program’s policies and procedures for defending your dissertation.
  5. After you have defended and completed any other steps required by your program, submit the Cover Sheet, (MSWord) (PDF) with all the appropriate signatures to the Office of Graduate Student Services at gradstudentservices@georgetown.edu.
  6. Submit an Electronic Thesis, Doctoral Project & Dissertation Release Form (MSWord) (PDF) to the Office of Graduate Student Services at gradstudentservices@georgetown.edu.
  7. Consult the Guidelines for Dissertation, Doctoral Project and Thesis Writers before uploading your dissertation/doctoral project.
  8. Create a profile and upload the PDF of your dissertation or Doctoral Project to the ProQuest site for formatting review by the Graduate School.
    • The Library has created a very informative series of short videos about the choices you must make on the ProQuest site.
  9. Complete any formatting edits assigned by the Graduate School.
  10. These edits MUST be completed and the dissertation or doctoral project accepted by the Graduate School by the following dates for each graduation month. If it is not, your dissertation will not be accepted and you will not be eligible to graduate in that month.
    • August 2018: the deadline is August 31.
    • December 2018: the deadline to upload your dissertation or doctoral project to the ProQuest site is December 13, 2018. PDFs uploaded after this date cannot be guaranteed to be reviewed and accepted in time for December graduation. All above steps must be completed and your dissertation or doctoral project approved by the Graduate School by close of business on December 20, 2018.
    • May 2019: the deadline to upload your dissertation or doctoral project is April 22, 2019. PDFs uploaded to the ProQuest site after this date cannot be guaranteed to be reviewed and accepted in time for May graduation. All above steps must be completed and your approved by the Graduate School by close of business on May 1, 2019.
  11. Submit the Survey of Earned Doctorates online at: https://sed-ncses.org/GradDateRouter.aspx. 
    • Enter your name, graduation date, institution and email address to register for the survey.
    • Clicking on Submit will bring you directly into the survey.
    • A PIN and password will be emailed to you in case you are not able to finish the survey in one session.