Preparation and Submission of Dissertations, Theses, and Professional Papers

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All students submitting a dissertation or thesis are required to have them read by the Graduate Reader/Editor and the Formatter for quality and professionalism. It is recommended that students submit their thesis or dissertation as early as possible once the document has been approved by the committee and the department chair. Theses and dissertations are reviewed in the order in which they are submitted. The degree will not be conferred until the student completes the Graduate Reader/Editor and the Formatter corrections. Late submissions will not be considered for that term's graduation (see deadlines).

Digital submission: Students enrolling in thesis or dissertation credit hours are required to use the digital submission format wherein a digital copy is uploaded to Texas Digital Library (TDL). 

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

Additionally, the graduate school provides a "Guide to Preparation and Processing of Dissertations, Theses and Professional Papers" as well as a supplemental guide, "Formatting Navigator".