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Thesis and Project Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I request a format review?
Send an email to the appropriate Reviewer and request a format review. You may also visit a Reviewer during office hours. A list of Reviewers is posted on our website:

Is there a deadline to have my thesis reviewed and submitted?
Yes, there are three deadlines you must adhere to each quarter, which is posted online:

Will the reviewer read my thesis?
No. The reviewers will not read your thesis. They will check the format only (spacing, headings, pagination, references, etc…).

How long will it take to have my document reviewed?
Anywhere from 15-30 minutes for a printed copy and about 45 minutes for an electronic copy.

Are there any forms that I need to turn in?
Yes, two forms are required. The GS-13 (approval form) and the Electronic Submission Agreement Form. Both forms can be found online:

Where can I get help using MS Word?
Any Open Access Lab on campus can provide help with word processing and mechanics of using the application.

Who can help me with writing and checking grammar?
The Writing Center here on campus is a great resource available to students.

Do I have to be enrolled when I turn in my thesis?
Yes, you must be enrolled or you will not receive credit for your hard work.

Do I have to apply for graduation to turn in a thesis?
Yes, all graduating students must apply for graduation one quarter prior to the anticipated graduation date.

Are there any other fees required to turn in a thesis?
No, there are no other fees required.

How do I convert my file to PDF?
There are several ways to do this. View the ProQuest PDF tutorial found on their help page.

How do I turn in the electronic file of my thesis?
You will submit your electronic file online using the ETD Administrator. Authorization by a reviewer is required.

How do I turn in a CD or DVD that accompanies my thesis or project?
CDs and DVDs cannot be uploaded to the ETD Administrator. Instead, submit one copy to the thesis reviewer along with the required approval and agreement forms. Printed labels and cases are required. CDs and DVDs will be housed in the Music and Media Center of the Library.

How do I order print copies of my thesis?
You can order bound copies of your thesis through the ETD Administrator submission process. This is one of the options in the online process. All orders and payments are made directly to ProQuest.

How long does it take to receive bound copies?
The Library delivers thesis files to ProQuest approximately 2-4 weeks after the final deadline of each quarter. Once ProQuest receives the files it takes another 8-12 weeks to bind and mail copies.