You are here

You are here

Theses and Dissertations

Note: The Graduate School has issued new guidelines for defenses and examinations in light of Duke's operational changes due to COVID-19.


Theses and Dissertations

As you prepare your final master’s thesis or PhD dissertation, it is vital that you follow all of The Graduate School’s policies and procedures to ensure that the publication of your research adheres to Duke University guidelines.

Guide for Electronic Submission of Thesis and Dissertation (PDF)

Review and follow all of the formal steps as outlined in this guide.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)

When you submit your thesis or dissertation electronically, you will also permit Duke University to make it available online through DukeSpace at Duke Libraries. See the pages below for more information about ETDs:

Thesis/Dissertation Defense Documentation

Once your thesis or dissertation has been submitted online to UMI/Proquest, The Graduate School’s staff will receive an e-mail stating your thesis or dissertation is ready for review. We must also receive your advisor letter and defense announcement via e-mail ( The advisor letter must be sent by your advisor and needs to state that he or she has read your dissertation or thesis and that it is complete and ready for defense. The defense announcement must be sent by your program’s director of graduate studies assistant.

The Graduate School will review your submission and email the final exam certificate to your exam committee chair and program DGSA prior to your scheduled exam/defense.

Thesis/Dissertation Templates

We provide the following templates for your convenience and to help you eliminate common formatting errors. However, all submitted theses and dissertations must meet the specifications listed in the guide. The manuscript must be a completed document, formatted correctly, with no sections left blank.

Notes about the LaTex Template
  • This LaTex template is for both Masters and PhD students. Master theses must also have an abstract title page. This LaTex template may not show one, so please be sure to add it.
  • Neither The Graduate School nor OIT supports LaTex beyond providing this template.