Submit Your Thesis / Dissertation

Submit Your Thesis/Dissertation to ProQuest

Before Your Final Oral Exam

You can open your ProQuest even before you take the final oral exam. Here are some important areas to pay attention to:

  1. Enter a working title of your thesis/dissertation. This title may be used in the Commencement Program
    • ONLY First letter of the first word, first word following a colon, and proper nouns are capitalized (Do not use all uppercase letters.)
    • You can update the title before you submit your final file.
    • You do not need to submit to ProQuest until after you have completed and passed your final exam.
  2. Enter your name.
    • Match your name to your thesis/dissertation title page and university records.
    • Do not use all uppercase letters.
  3. Enter your institutional Student ID number.
    • Make sure you enter the correct numbers.
    • To update your Student ID number, go to the “Contact information” from the left menu.
  4. Enter the names of your major professor(s) and committee members.
    • Match the names with the list from your thesis/dissertation title page.
  5. Select the Degree Date & Year (of Graduation).
    • Fall graduation: December
    • Spring graduation: May
    • Summer graduation: August
  6. Enter keywords.
    • Make sure you enter at least one keyword about your thesis/dissertation.
    • You can include up to 6 keywords.

After Your Final Oral Exam

  1. Make all the necessary edits as requested by your major professor(s) and committee members.
  2. Check your thesis/dissertation format. Ensure that your formatting meets the Graduate College requirements so that your thesis/dissertation can be promptly approved for your graduation. Use the resources from the Thesis/Dissertation Writing Program.
    • Book a Format Check Appointment with a Thesis/Dissertation Consultant and/or
    • Download and use the Formatting Checklist.
  3. Use the 'Submit Your Thesis/Dissertation to ProQuest' button at the top of this page to go to the next step.
  4. Check all the following details again and make any necessary changes:
    • Final thesis/dissertation title (Update from your working title. Do not use all uppercase letters.)
    • Your name (Match this with your thesis/dissertation title page.)
    • Your institutional student ID number (Make sure this number is correct.)
    • The names of your major professor and committee members (Match these names with your thesis/dissertation title page.)
    • Degree Date (Select the correct month: December (Fall), May (Spring), August (Summer).
    • Keywords (Include at least one keyword.)
  5. Decide if you need a delayed release (embargo) for ProQuest.
    • If you select an option, make sure that the same option is reflected in the Institutional Repository (IR) Publishing Option.
    • For example, if you select 6 months delayed release in ProQuest, you must select 6 months for the IR Publishing Option.
  6. See this sample to make sure you got the details right.

After You Submit to Proquest

  1. Once your thesis/dissertation has been uploaded, be sure to check the e-mail address you entered on a frequent basis.
    • Scenario 1: If the Graduate College reviewer requires revisions, you will receive a request to make changes. Make the necessary revisions and resubmit.
      • If any changes are needed, they should be made within 24 hours if at all possible.
      • If no further changes are needed, you will receive an acceptance e-mail.
    • Scenario 2: If the Graduate College reviewer does not require any revisions, you will receive an acceptance e-mail.
  2. Keep monitoring your email until you receive the final acceptance email.
  3. You will need to receive an acceptance e-mail before you will be allowed to graduate.