The terms thesis and dissertation are often used synonymously. At
DePaul University, to facilitate registration and other requirements,
dissertation refers to the research and document required for the
completion of a PhD. All forms referenced in these
requirements can be found in the Forms Library. This page contains
information you will need about dissertation requirements from the
inception to the completion of your project.
The graduate student must have a preliminary conference with his/her
departmental graduate advisor/director to decide on a research topic and
faculty director of the projected dissertation.
Once the research topic and dissertation director have been chosen,
the student must submit a dissertation proposal: a written formal
statement of the topic and plan of execution for the research. Your
advisor/director will let you know what form the proposal should take.
The composition of the committee that will supervise your
dissertation should be worked out between you and your dissertation
director. The number of members needed on a dissertation committee may
vary; check with your advisor.
Upon the completion of the dissertation, students MUST initiate the committee approval process by filling out the Final Requirements Confirmation. All committee members must approve the dissertation. (Detailed instructions on how to fill out the form can be found after logging in to the Final Requirements Confirmation page.)
"A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations" by
Kate L. Turabian is the handbook which indicates the format,
technicalities of form and mechanics of typing/printing required for
dissertations, theses and research papers. The only exception we make
to Turabian's guidelines is the format for the title page. However, if
your dissertation advisor determines that your dissertation (excepting
the title page) would be more appropriately done in another format,
follow the advisor's advice.
There are certain other requirements you will need to follow at
various stages of your project, about which your director/advisor will
inform you, such as how to register for dissertation credit hours,
insuring candidacy continuation, taking qualifying exams, arranging a
dissertation defense (if necessary) and meeting various deadlines. Make
sure everyone on your committee is aware of what needs to be done and
when. Please consult the Graduate Student Services Office if you have
Dissertation Electronic Submission
The following documents must be submitted to the LAS Graduate Student Services office by the last day of the conferral term. This is a requirement for graduation. Please email all documents to LASGraduateOffice@depaul.edu.
- An electronic PDF copy of the final dissertation, fully approved and in the correct format (see #5 above and Sample Title Page)
- A completed Abstract & Keyword Form
- A signed copy of the ETD Approval Form (Please note: Unless you choose to embargo your dissertation, it will be widely available through internet searches.)
It is important that you consult with your program's director regarding copyright, embargo and publishing options.
The Graduate Student Services Office does not offer binding
services. If your department requires a bound dissertation, please
contact someone in the department for the binding requirements and
At DePaul University, publication of dissertations are required using
ProQuest. Your degree will not be granted/conferred until you complete
this final requirement. Read why publishing your dissertation with UMI at ProQuest is required. A download of UMI Publishing Agreement and Submission Forms for Dissertations is
required to begin the publication process. You will be prompted for a
user name and password. The user name is dissertations and password is
There are a number of steps you must complete before submitting this
form to the Graduate Student Services Office. You'll find a detailed
checklist within the above instructions. If you have any questions
regarding the process, please contact the Graduate Student Services
Office at LASGraduateOffice@depaul.edu.
Survey of Earned Doctorate
In addition to submitting a dissertation and all other graduation
requirements, DePaul University requires PhD candidates complete the
Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). SED gathers data from all research
doctorate graduates each year on their educational history, sources of
support and post-graduation plans. This data is presented annually in
the Doctorate Recipients from United States Universities: Summary
For your convenience, SED allows online submission of the survey.
You will be asked to provide your name, institutional name, graduation
information and email address. After submitting the form, a URL, PIN
and password will be emailed to the address you provided. After
submitting the questionnaire, you will receive a certificate of
completion. Please email this certificate to the Graduate Student
Services Office at LASGraduateOffice@depaul.edu.