Digital Submission Requirement

Graduating students are required to publish their thesis, report, dissertation or treatise digitally by uploading a single PDF to the Texas Digital Library (TDL). Because electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) must be published, if any material contained in your document might require permission from another party for publication, all such permissions must be obtained prior to the submission of the ETD. Technical support is available. Click here to begin your submission.

It is critical that your submission be complete and correct. After submission, no revisions or corrections will be allowed except for those required by the graduate dean.

The TDL provides students with an option to request the supplemental submission of their ETD to ProQuest. Students selecting this option must approve the ProQuest license agreement in the TDL, in addition to approving the TDL license agreement. Approved ETDs will be sent electronically to ProQuest once the degree is certified, or after approved embargoes have expired. There are no additional fees associated with ProQuest publication.

Formatting

The Graduate School offers Microsoft Word templates to assist you in formatting your thesis or dissertation. Before using a template, review the Using the Thesis and Dissertation Templates user guide. Another option, approved by the Graduate School, is LaTex Document Preparation.

Theses, reports, dissertations, and treatises must follow the guidelines of the Graduate School booklet Format Guidelines for Dissertations, Treatises, Theses, and Reports. A format check is recommended before you submit your completed work. If the format has not been checked prior to submission, it will be checked at the time of submission. 

Those who wish to write a thesis, report, dissertation or treatise in a language other than English must petition to do so.

Publication/Processing Fees

All doctoral students are charged an $8 dissertation processing fee. 

You will receive an email notification when a bill has been created; the bill may be paid online at What I Owe or in-person at the Cashier’s Office.

Requests to Delay Publication

A student may request permission from the Dean of the Graduate School to delay making his or her thesis, report, dissertation or treatise available to the public via TDL for up to 7 years after graduation in order to protect patent or other rights.  This request must be supported by a written recommendation from the student’s supervisor and must be submitted and approved prior to graduation. If no request to delay publication is made, the document will be freely available through the World Wide Web. Note that it is not appropriate to use a delay of publication to avoid securing permissions for publication. Any required publication permissions must be obtained prior to submitting the ETD.

Restrictions and/or holds on publishing requested from ProQuest do not apply to the dissertation archived at the TDL.

Authors who already have an approved delay of publication, but wish to extend the time of the delay, may request an extension (up to seven years from the date of graduation).

Authors who have an approved delay of publication, but wish to publish their ETD prior to the date initially requested, may request to end the delay of publication.