All master’s students who are required or have chosen to write a thesis must follow the steps outlined below. As of April 2020, some departments are using DocuSign for the forms linked below. You may want to check with your department.

  1. File a Thesis Proposal using the Thesis, Doctoral Project or Dissertation Proposal Form (MS Word).
    • If required, ensure that you have an IRB approval number. Consult the IRB website for additional information and forms.
    • This form must be signed and approved by your advisor, committee, and Director of Graduate Studies.
    • After the form is fully completed with all signatures, submit it to the Academic Affairs section of the GSAS Dean’s Office.
  2. Once your proposal has been approved by your advisor, committee, and Director of Graduate Studies, you may proceed with writing your thesis.
  3. Some programs require master’s students to defend their theses, while others do not. Follow your program’s policies and procedures for defending and/or submitting your thesis.
  4. You should also consult the Formatting Guidelines for Dissertation, Doctoral Project and Thesis Writers before beginning your thesis.
  5. If your program includes a defense, submit your Master’s Thesis Reviewers Report (MSWord) (PDF) signed by your committee and advisor to gradstudentservices@georgetown.edu.
  6. After you have defended and/or submitted your thesis and it has been accepted by your committee, submit the Cover Sheet (MSWord) (PDF) with all the appropriate signatures to Academic Affairs in the Car Barn or gradstudentservices@georgetown.edu.
  7. Send a completed Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Release Form (MSWord) (PDF) to gradstudentservices@georgetown.edu.
  8. Create a profile and upload the PDF of your thesis to the ProQuest site so that the Graduate School a can begin formatting review. The deadline for this initial upload is April 28, August 17 and December 10 for 2021.
    • Setting up the ProQuest profile and submission requires a number of decisions. The Library has created a very informative series of short videos about the choices you must make.
  9. You will receive an email from etdadministrator@proquest.com detailing the required formatting edits–there could be five or forty-five. Complete the edits and upload the new version of the PDF to ProQuest. There will likely be more than one round of edits. The best approach to streamlining the review process is to read the Guidelines formatting document, linked from step 4 above, and modify to your document accordingly before uploading it.
  10. These edits must be completed and the thesis accepted by the Graduate School by the following dates for each graduation month. If it is not accepted, your thesis will not be approved and you will not be eligible to graduate in that month.
  11. Deadline dates for each graduation term:
    • August 2021: the deadline to upload your thesis to the ProQuest site is August 17, 2021. PDFs uploaded after this date cannot be guaranteed to be reviewed and accepted in time for August graduation. All above steps must be completed and your thesis accepted by the Graduate School by close of business on August 21, 2021.
    • December 2021: the deadline to upload your thesis to the ProQuest site is December 10, 2021. 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 thesis accepted by the Graduate School by close of business on December 17, 2021.
    • May 2021: the initial deadline to upload your thesis is April 28, 2021. Though we make every effort, we cannot guarantee that PDFs uploaded to the ProQuest site after April 28 will be reviewed and accepted in time for May graduation. The PDF of your thesis must be accepted by the Graduate School by close of business on May 7, 2021.