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Theses & Dissertations

As graduate students prepare their final master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertation, it is vital that they follow all of the Graduate School policies and procedures to ensure that the publication of their research adheres to Duke University guidelines.  It is imperative that you review and follow all of the formal steps as outlined in the Guide for Electronic Submission of Thesis and Dissertation.

          Guide for Electronic Submission of Thesis and Dissertation (pdf)

You must submit your master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertation on line to UMI/Proquest.

Once your thesis or dissertation has been initially submitted to UMI/Proquest, the Graduate School staff will receive an e-mail stating your thesis/dissertation is ready for review.  It will be reviewed by the Graduate School staff.  You will be instructed via an e-mail message to schedule an Examination Card Appointment, with the person who checked your document. At this appointment you will receive your Final Examination Card to take with you to your defense.

Schedule Examination Card Appointment

For your convenience we have a word template and a LaTex template that you may use. Using the template should help eliminate common formatting errors.

However, all theses/dissertations submitted must meet the guidelines listed in the guide above. The manuscript must be a completed document, formatted correctly, with no sections left blank.

MS Word Template for Thesis/Dissertation

LaTex Template for Thesis/Dissertation

(This LaTex template is for both Masters and PhD students. It was created by Duke Alumnus, Michael Gratton and updated in July 2011. Note that neither the Graduate School nor OIT is able to support LaTex beyond providing this template.)

***Master thesis must also have an abstract title page-this LaTex template may not show one so please be sure to add it.


More information can be found on the pages below: 

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)

When you submit your thesis/dissertation electronically, you will also permit Duke University to make it available online through DukeSpace at Duke Libraries. See the Non-exclusive Distribution License and Dissertation Availability Agreement for more information, including the options to request an embargo.