Theses & Dissertations

Graduate students preparing to complete a thesis, report, dissertation or treatise have access to guidelines to ensure their work is properly submitted by the deadlines required for graduation.

Digital Submission Requirement

Graduating students earning either master’s or doctoral degrees are required to publish their thesis, report, dissertation or treatise digitally and in accordance with certain formatting rules.

Deadlines & Submission Instructions

Find out how to apply to graduate, as well as how—and when—to submit your thesis or dissertation and other required items.

Copyright & Plagiarism Tutorials

Doctoral candidates are required to complete the university’s Copyright Tutorial and learn about the library's plagiarism tutorial. It’s best to take it early in your candidacy.

Doctoral Candidacy

From forming a dissertation committee to certifying academic credentials, doctoral students must take steps to formally advance to candidacy.

Oral Examinations

Once your dissertation nearing completion, it’s time to schedule your defense—your final oral examination.

Master’s Candidates

Students pursuing master’s degrees don’t advance to candidacy in the same way doctoral students do. But there are still steps required of those preparing for graduation.

Helpful Information


Learn about the Graduate School’s recommendations and resources for students conducting research.


Download forms that will help you complete steps required for graduation.

Other Resources

ProQuest Dissertations

ProQuest/UMI offers a number of tools to assist you in finding dissertations, including those written by UT Austin graduates.


SHERPA offers information on publisher copyright policies and self-archiving.


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.