Thesis Approval Form Information

PhD students and master’s thesis plan students must submit a thesis approval form (TAF) to ensure that the final copy has been accepted by the thesis committee. The TAF must be uploaded as part of the electronic thesis submission process through UMI/Proquest, as a supplementary file.  To have the degree awarded in any given semester, the thesis and TAF must both be submitted by the thesis/dissertation deadline.  Deadlines and other graduation requirements are posted on the Graduate School’s website. 

Signatures Required

Signatures must be obtained through the process below from the committee chair and any one other committee member.  The form must be signed by both in advance of the deadline.

Instructions and Routing information

  • Complete the landing page with your name and the names and e-mail addresses of the committee chair and the one other committee member to sign.  Both must sign electronically in advance of submission, keeping in mind the submission deadline.
  • Fill out the form with student ID, thesis title, degree information, and IRB and IACUC protocol numbers if applicable.
  • Attach a copy of your thesis/dissertation. While formatting changes may be requested by the Graduate School, the content of the attached document should be final and reflect any revisions requested by the committee.
  • Select “finish” to route the form to the chair and committee member simultaneously.  
  • When both the chair and committee member have signed and the form is complete, you will receive a pdf document with signatures via e-mail. 
  • The TAF form must then be saved as a separate pdf and uploaded as a supplementary file along with your thesis/dissertation to UMI/Proquest by the submission deadline. Your submission is not considered complete without this supplementary file.

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Student Information

Committee Chair Information

Committee Member Information


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Upon filling out the form and attaching your thesis document, the thesis approval form (TAF) will be sent to your committee chair and the committee member you have listed for their review and approval. The form will not be complete until both members have signed. You will then receive an e-mail with a final form attached with all signatures. At that point, you must download and save the form and submit it as a supplemental file along with your thesis to UMI/ProQuest. 

This final submission of the thesis with TAF as supplemental file must be made by the deadline in any given semester for the degree to be awarded. Please communicate directly with the two committee members to ensure prompt review and signature, so that your submission is complete by the appropriate deadline.