Electronic Theses/Dissertations (ETDs) at ISU
Getting Started Writing Your Thesis/Dissertation
- Make sure you have an approved Committee Appointment Form and a Program of Study Form on file with the Graduate College
- Attend a Thesis Workshop presented by the Graduate College
- Review Organizing Your Thesis on the Thesis website
- Work closely with your Major Professor and Committee as you develop ideas and content for your thesis
- Use the Thesis Template (Word), if needed, as you start writing your thesis
Thinking About Graduation
- Review the Thesis/Graduation Deadlines for the semester/year you plan to graduate
- Attend a Thesis Workshop, if you haven’t already done so
- Serious meetings with your Major Professor and Committee about your thesis content and timeline for finishing
- Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadlines of the semester you plan to graduate. If you have a change of mind, withdraw by the cancellation date. Summer graduates attending Spring/Fall ceremony need to follow special deadlines. See Thesis/Graduation Deadlines.
- Estimate the timeline for your final oral, submit a Request for Final Oral form three weeks before the final oral
- Contact a local editor or typist if you need assistance formatting or editing your thesis
Making Sure You Graduate
- Meet the deadlines listed for Thesis/Graduation
- Submit the Application for Graduation by the deadline of the semester you plan to graduate. Summer graduates attending Spring/Fall ceremony need to follow special deadlines. See Thesis/Graduation Deadlines.
- Verify all the requirements on your POS have been completed
- Review your thesis to make sure it meets the formatting requirements
- Complete your final oral examination. Your Major Professor submits the Report of Final Oral form
- Submit the Thesis Submission form and the Graduate Approval Slip to the Graduate College
- Complete the online Thesis Checklist and upload your thesis to ProQuest/UMI
- Watch for an emails requesting revisions or stating acceptance of your thesis
- Typically, receiving an acceptance e-mail is the last communication before you graduate!