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Graduate Studies - Resources

California State University, Fullerton

current students
Preparing a thesis?


   The Thesis/Dissertation review procedures changed effective last Fall 2015 semester. These were replaced with an electronic
   thesis/dissertation (ETD) policy that is much simpler, less expensive, and more convenient for students.

   Electronic submission of manuscripts is REQUIRED. Please contact the Thesis and Dissertation Helpdesk
   at  if you have any questions or concerns about the submission process that are not clear to you on
   this website.



  1. 1. Upon 598 enrollment, print out the Thesis Manual. It includes everything you need to know.
  2. 2. After you have a complete first draft, download the Thesis Template for your manuscript formatting, and paste in your draft. Proof and edit additional drafts.
  3. 3. Early in your final semester, format your work to the best of your ability. Seek assistance from a Graduate Learning Specialist if needed.
  4. 4. Review the new process in the Thesis/Dissertation Submission and Formal Review.
  5. 5. Print out your Thesis/Dissertation Verification Form for committee signatures at your defense. This can be printed out on regular paper; special paper is no longer required.
  6. 6. Your Chair and Committee must approve your final version and complete the embargo section by signing the Thesis/Dissertation Verification form. All signatures must be the original wet signature for each committee member. Electronic signatures or copies will not be accepted.

  7. Submission
  8. Submit the following three materials to the Office of Graduate Studies by the deadline date:
  9. 1. Thesis/Dissertation Verification Form. Submit the original signed by the full committee - no copies. Electronic signatures or copies will not be accepted.
  10. 2. Online ProQuest Student Account. Create an online account, complete all sections, upload your submission manuscript, and pay your fees at this website. Your thesis will be sent to the Thesis Reader for review. (If you use the ProQuest Publishing Agreement hard copy as a guide, the online application may go faster.)
  11. 3. Electronic copy of committee-approved version of your manuscript in Word. Email this to

Post Submission

  1. 1. After your submission, the University Thesis/Dissertation Reader will contact you after the formal review for possible revisions.
  2. 2.  Reader will replace the submitted PDF with the approval version.
  3. 3. Student is notified of thesis approval.



The University Thesis/Dissertation Reader, Debra Stewart,, is available to answer any questions not found on this site by email or by appointment only. During peak times, when there is a high volume of theses and dissertations to review, it may take up to three business days for you to receive a response.

Thesis writing workshops are offered every semester and highly recommended for anyone writing a thesis. The workshop powerpoint presentation is available for viewing on this site.

If you need writing support, take advantage of the services provided by the Graduate Learning Specialists. One-on-one appointments are available.