Preparation and Submission of Dissertations, Theses, and Professional Papers

All students submitting a dissertation or thesis are required to have them read by the Graduate Reader for quality and professionalism. Students will not be graduated until their document has been approved by the Graduate School.  It is recommended that students turn their dissertation or thesis in early once it has been approved by the committee and the department chair.  Late submissions will not be considered for that term's graduation (see deadlines).

Digital submission:  Students enrolling in thesis or dissertation are required to use the digital submission format wherein a digital copy is uploaded to Texas Digital Library (TDL) and Proquest’s database. 

The Graduate School provides assistance for students completing a dissertation or thesis. For students submitting a dissertation or thesis, the Senior Graduate Services Analyst provides formatting assistance with style manual formatting, assistance with graduate school requirements, as well as 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".