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Graduate Studies - Resources

California State University, Fullerton

current students
Preparing a thesis?


   The Thesis/Dissertation review procedures have changed. We are moving to an electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) policy, effective      immediately.

   Electronic submission of manuscripts is REQUIRED beginning with Fall 2015. Please contact the Thesis and Dissertation Helpdesk        at  if you have any questions or concerns about the submission process.



  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 Submission and Formal Review.
  5. 5. Print out your Thesis Verification Form for committee signatures at your defense. 
  6. 6. Have your chair and committee approve your final version and complete the embargo section. 

  7. Submission
  8. Submit the following three materials to the Office of Graduate Studies by the deadline date:
  9. 1. Thesis Verification Form. Submit the original signed by full committee - no copies.
  10. 2. Online ProQuest Student Account. Create one, complete all sections, upload your submission manuscript, and pay your fees through this. Your thesis will be sent to the Thesis Reader for a format 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. Emaile 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.