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Thesis, Project, and Dissertation Guidelines


This site provides all the necessary resources for preparing and submitting the master's thesis, report of master's project, or doctoral dissertation to the University. It includes information about style and format regulations, procedures for the approval of documents, steps for electronic submission, sample pages, and more.

It is strongly recommended that all students and faculty advisors engaged in the preparation of a master's thesis, master's project, or doctoral dissertation become thoroughly familiar with the contents of these guidelines before preparation of a document. Watch on YouTube.

Electronic theses, projects, and dissertations (ETDs) are made available online to the campus community. ETDs will be submitted online in Portable Document Format (PDF), utilizing the UMI ETD Administrator, provided by ProQuest. Submitted ETDs are maintained in the University Library's Digital Repository.

Spring 2014 Deadlines

Priority Deadline for Preliminary Review: May 30

Deadline for Official Review of Draft Upload: June 6

Deadline for GS-13 Form Submission and Thesis Final Upload: June 13

Final Review and Confirmation of Completion: June 19

Quick Links

CSULA Thesis Template (UPDATED FOR 2013–2014!)

CSULA Thesis Sample Pages

Thesis Formatting and Submission Workshop PowerPoint Presentation (From Winter 2014)

Submit your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)

The Guide to Preparation of Master's Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations (UPDATED FOR 2013–2014!)