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.
In addition to the UNT Libraries, copies of all ETDs are also sent to ProQuest. All students must sign and submit a ProQuest publication agreement as part of their required paperwork for graduation. The "microfilm" graduation fee covers ProQuest's Traditional Publishing option. If a student has opted to restrict access to the UNT Libraries copy of their ETD, this is NOT communicated to ProQuest. Access choices are listed on the ProQuest agreement form but if these are not sufficient, students must contact ProQuest directly to discuss alternatives.
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. Effective for May 2015 graduates, names being used on all official documents (diploma, thesis/dissertation) will use the student's name listed in UNT's official records, including hyphens, spaces, capitalization, etc. To update your records, read information available from the registrar's office.
- Master’s Theses & Doctoral Dissertations
- ProQuest Open Access vs. Traditional Publishing
- ProQuest Copyright Guide
- UNT vs ProQuest Comparison
Ready to Submit?
All documents must be turned in by the appropriate deadlines. The document submitted to the Toulouse Graduate School must be the absolute final version, with all committee, department and/or college requested changes included. Subsequent submissions will not be accepted.
When you are ready to submit, bring all of your completed thesis or dissertation documents to TGS. You will be given a Filing Envelope into which all materials should be placed.
You will need to provide the name of the supplemental style manual or journal guide you used to format your thesis or dissertation on the filing envelope when you submit your materials. See section 3.2 in the UNT thesis manual for more information.
A completed packet will include (see the Checklist for ETD Submission for a hard copy of this list):
- Filing Envelope Cover (use only if mailing your thesis/dissertation)
- A CD or flash drive (thumb drive) containing 3 separate files (with appropriate formatting)
- PDF version of your dissertation/thesis
- PDF version of your abstract
- Word-processing version of your abstract (e.g., MS Word or .txt file)
- Hard copy of both the dissertation/thesis and abstract, printed from the PDF. This is a reading copy to assist review, so it does not have to be color or good quality paper. Double-sided printing is preferred. The hard copy must be completely "loose," i.e., not bound in any way: no paper clips, no binder clips, no staples, etc.
- Electronic Document Filing Form
- Final Document Approval Form with required signature (if not already submitted by major professor or department)
- ProQuest Agreement Form
- Copies of any copyright permission letters you have received - copies can be hard copy or digital (included on the CD)
- UNT Graduating Student Survey
- Survey of Earned Doctorates (doctoral students only). Please follow the online instructions.
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