Thesis and Dissertation Information

Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines

General Information

All students writing theses or dissertations should read the Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines, preferably before they begin the project. The Guidelines contains  the formatting and submission procedures required by the Graduate School; if these are not closely followed, the Graduate School may return the thesis or dissertation to the student for correction.

Students must submit one original, successfully defended copy of their theses-dissertations to the Graduate School for format review.  The copy must be received by the Graduate School by 5 p.m. on the format deadline set for the specific graduation term.  The deadlines for the graduation terms are:  Spring – May 1st, Summer – August 1st, and Fall – December 1st. Students can submit their copy by digital or hard copy.  Digital submissions should be emailed as Word documents to  Hard copies can be brought to the Graduate Admissions window from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

As of spring 2014, the Graduate School no longer requires bound copies of theses or dissertations. Instead, an electronic copy in PDF form must be uploaded to ProQuest. Please see the Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines below for full review and submission instructions. Note that some programs may still require bound copies, so you should check with your program for specific requirements.

Please note that for students graduating in summer 2013 or later, the “Graduate Dean” line on the thesis/dissertation signature page should read “Interim Graduate Dean.” The correct name and title for the Interim Graduate Dean is:

Paula J. Casey
Professor of Law

Approval Page

If you choose to bind your thesis or dissertation, one of the following forms must be included in every copy you submit to be bound. You should download the appropriate form and change the bracketed and italicized text to fit your project. Additionally, doctoral students should change all references to “thesis” to “dissertation.” You do not need to submit a copy of this form to the Graduate School for review.

Committee Approval Form (Advisor Only): Committee Approval Form-Advisor

Committee Approval Form (Co-Advisor):  Committee Approval Form-Co-Advisor