Theses and Dissertations

For some of you, the most important moment in your graduate experience is when you defend your thesis or dissertation. As the culmination of your outstanding hard work, your thesis or dissertation represents the final step towards earning your Master’s or Doctoral degree.

The process isn’t as daunting as you may have heard! View the links below to learn more about the process.

Openness and Distribution of Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs)

The University of North Texas (UNT), as a member of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), endorses the fundamental tenet on openness and access of thesis and dissertation research as stated in the CGS policy manual The Doctor of Philosophy Degree: A Policy Statement (CGS, 2005).

In compliance with CGS, it is the policy at UNT that “an essential aspect of [thesis] and dissertation research and scholarship is the free and full dissemination of research results. Restrictions, either in the conduct of [thesis] and dissertation research or in the sharing of its results, are antithetical to that spirit.”

As part of UNT’s commitment to openness, all UNT ETDs are placed in the UNT ETD repository and made available via the online UNT Libraries catalog for reading and/or downloading by all users, including being crawled and indexed by online search engines (e.g., Google). ETDs are available in perpetuity; in addition, there are no restrictions regarding who can download the file or how many times it can be downloaded.

The UNT Thesis Manual: Formatting the Dissertation/Thesis

Your first stop when formatting your dissertation or thesis should be our Thesis & Dissertation Manual. Additionally, we have many resources in our Writing section that can provide you with insight on copyright issues, plagiarism, style guides and the like.

Ready to Submit?

The Toulouse Graduate School (TGS) and the UNT Libraries are pleased to announce the implementation of an online thesis/dissertation submission tool called Vireo.  Vireo will enable students to submit all required materials online, from anywhere, so does away with the need for hard copy delivery. 

The Vireo implementation is scheduled to occur in two phases, coinciding with fall 2015 and spring 2016 graduation.  Students from the following colleges who are planning to graduate fall 2015 will be able to use Vireo beginning October 1, 2015: 

  • College of Business
  • College of Information
  • College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism
  • College of Public Affairs and Community Service
  • College of Visual Arts and Design
  • Mayborn School of Journalism
  • Toulouse Graduate School (for interdisciplinary masters students)

Students in these colleges who are eligible for the rollover deadline of December 3 (May 2016 graduation) should use Vireo.

Students in the remaining colleges (College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering and the College of Music) who are planning to graduate fall 2015 will need to submit their materials in the traditional manner, i.e., hard copy delivery.

Based on the colleges and schools listed above, please click the appropriate button below to access instructions for your thesis or dissertation submittable process.

Beginning March 1, 2016, Vireo will be available and required for all students from all colleges who are planning to graduate in May 2016.  [NOTE:  Students who already submitted by rollover deadline are excluded; Vireo prevents students from submitting twice.]

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