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Thesis and Dissertation Formatting

Submission Process
  1. You must be enrolled in at least 1 graduate credit hour during your graduating semester.
  2. Bring your approval/signature page to the Office of Thesis/Dissertation Format Review for a format check before getting signatures.
  3. Defend your thesis or dissertation.
  4. Make all content corrections for your committee.
  5. Obtain all required signatures on your approval/signature page.
  6. Create an Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) account at http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/ETD-submit/login.
  7. Post your document as a PDF to your ETD account.
  8. Complete the ETD rights and permissions form (.pdf).
  9. Complete the Author Contact Form (.pdf).
  10. Submit your signed approval/signature page, ETD rights and permissions form, and author contact form to the Office of Thesis/Dissertation Format Review. All paperwork may be submitted by hand, by proxy, mailed, campus mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed/uploaded.  It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive your paperwork before the initial submission deadline.
  11. [Doctoral Candidates Only] Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates at https://sed-ncses.org.

  1. We will review your document and email you a list of corrections.
  2. Make ALL format corrections.
  3. Submit your corrected copy to us by uploading the corrected .pdf to the ETD server and emailing a confirmation to your reviewer.
  4. We will review the corrected copy and send a list of any additional corrections.
  5. You must repeat steps 12 and 13 until all corrections have been made.
  6. When all corrections have been made, we will request your final submission and provide you with final submission instructions.
  7. We will provide you with a link to UMI-ProQuest in your final submission instructions. At this link, you will create an account, log in, and submit your document to UMI-ProQuest.
  8. Complete the submission process by following the ProQuest instructions.
  9. [Doctoral Candidates Only] You will also need to submit graduation information as listed in your final submission instructions that will be emailed upon final format approval.

  1. When you receive the automated email message of approval from the publisher, pay all thesis/dissertation related fees via your Banner account.
  2. Process is complete.