Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide

The Graduate School Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide sets forth requirements for preparing and submitting master's theses and doctoral dissertations to the Graduate School for review and for submission to ProQuest.

Students must have successfully defended their document and have it approved by their committee before submitting to ProQuest for review. Submit your document to ProQuest AFTER you have received any additional corrections (if any) from your committee. Once additional corrections have been made, you may then convert your document to PDF and submit electronically. Watch this video demonstration of the dissertation submission process.


  1. Final Committee Approval Form for Electronic Submission.This form must be submitted after your defense and NOT before.
  2. A copy of the signed Final Thesis/Dissertation Defense Results, if one has not already been submitted to the Graduate School by your department. 
  3. Comprehensive Exam Results Form (if it has not been submitted previously). The Graduate School is required to have a Comprehensive Exam Results form for ALL master's and doctoral degree seeking students. This form must be submitted with your review copy, unless one has already been submitted by your department. 
  4. Thesis/Dissertation Checklist - must be reviewed and signed by both student and major professor. 
  5. Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval or Exempt