College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Student Resources > Graduate Student Support > Graduation Requirements > Dissertation Requirements & PhD Conferral
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.
Required Dissertation Materials
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 complete all online forms and email additional documents to
It is important that you consult with your program's director regarding copyright, embargo and publishing options.
At DePaul University, publication of dissertations are required using ProQuest. Your degree will not be granted/conferred until you complete this final requirement. Visit
ProQuest for information on formatting your dissertation and submitting through the
There is no charge for submitting electronically through ProQuest if you select the "traditional publishing" option. If you choose to embargo your dissertation for the maximum length, please select the longest embargo option available and enter "10 year embargo" in the comment box of your submission.
If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact the Graduate Student Services Office at
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 Report.
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
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 options.
Find forms and additional information in the Graduate Student Support Forms Library.