Preparation and Submission of Dissertations, Theses, and Professional Papers

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TWU currently offers two methods of dissertation/thesis submissions the traditional paper option and a digital option.  (Beginning Fall 2013 all students enrolling in thesis or dissertation for the first time will be required to use the digital submission format.)

Traditional paper submission: Requires the student provide 3 copies of their dissertation/thesis, 2 on bond paper and 1 on plain paper.  (Students currently enrolled in thesis or dissertation are encouraged to submit digitally.)

Digital paper submission: Requires the student to provide 1 printed copy for the student’s department (if applicable).  In addition a digital copy is uploaded to Proquest’s database.

The Graduate School provides assistance for students completing a dissertation or thesis. The Senior Graduate Services Analyst provides formatting assistance, graduate school requirements as well as style manual formatting, corresponding forms and any applicable requirements. Contact information and hours of availability can be found on the Graduate School website under Thesis and Dissertation Consultation .

In addition to the services provided by the Graduate Services Analyst, the graduate school provides a "Guide to Preparation and Processing of Dissertations, Theses and Professional Papers" as well as a supplemental guide, "Formatting Navigator". Both guides can be found on the graduate school website under the Degree Completion .