Please review these frequently asked questions about the thesis and dissertation submission process. 

How do I submit my thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School?

The Graduate School accepts theses electronically only, uploaded as a pdf document, through the ProQuest website. This site contains information on converting word documents to pdf documents, and has a helpful section of frequently asked questions. The Thesis Approval Form must be attached as a supplemental file. Before submitting electronically, students can call the Graduate School to discuss options for a pre-check of thesis/dissertation format. Please check submission deadlines on the Graduate School calendar.

What is the deadline to submit my thesis or dissertation?

In order to have your degree awarded in any given semester, the thesis or dissertation, with the Thesis Approval Form attached as a supplemental file, must be submitted by the published deadline.

What happens after I submit my document?

Your thesis will be reviewed by the Graduate School.  Keep a close eye on your e-mail, as you'll receive confirmation that the thesis has been accepted or a request to make revisions.

If asked to make formatting revisions, when must they be complete?

Any revisions to your thesis must be complete by the posted deadline; please allow time to make revisions as necessary.  Should you have any concerns, Graduate School staff members will work with you directly to plan a path forward.

What is the Thesis Approval Form and how do I submit it?

The Thesis Approval Form (TAF) shows that your committee has approved the final version of your thesis.  In advance of submission, fill out the form and enter contact informatiion; the form will then be routed to your committee chair and one other member.  The form will be returned to you with signatures.  Download the form and attach it to your thesis as a supplemental file when you submit the pdf.  Full instructions are available to assist you.

How do I convert my document to PDF?

ProQuest provides a number of resources to assist with preparation of your submission, including information on converting documents to pdf.

Do I still need to worry about margins in my electronic dissertation?

Margin requirements will remain for PDF text files sent to UMI (University Microfilms). Margins are useful in case someone wants to download your dissertation, print it out, and bind it. Refer to Thesis Specifications for information on margins.

Can I use audio or movie files in my electronic dissertation or thesis?

Yes, these files can be attached as supplemental files. See Acceptable File Formats on the Formating Requirements page.

How should I handle graphics?

You can import graphics files into your word processing application prior to creating the final PDF version. Generally, we have found that .gif files translate to PDF better than to .jpg (JPEG) files.

Can I put links inside my dissertation or thesis?

Yes. However, links should only be to other parts of the dissertation. That is, they should not link to external web sites that might change after the document is submitted.