Thesis & Dissertation

Electronic Thesis & Dissertation (ETD) Resources

Your thesis or dissertation must be approved by the Graduate School by the published deadline date of your graduating term in order to graduate in a given semester.

To ensure your thesis/dissertation is approved by the Graduate School by the deadline:

  • Submit the GS30 Thesis or Dissertation Form prior to the ETD submission deadline
  • Allow enough time to submit your ETD for review and to make formatting corrections
  • Submitting your ETD through ProQuest does not mean it has been approved

Please familiarize yourself with the required submission process, copyright registration, and the student and advisor responsibilities prior to the semester you plan to graduate.

You are required to adhere to the Colorado State University Graduate School formatting and submission guidelines. The guidelines found in your department, listed on any other CSU webpages, or any previously published ETDs may not meet current formatting guidelines.

The word “thesis” refers to both the thesis and the dissertation unless otherwise noted.

Submitting Your ETD

Step 1

Find tips and “how-to” resources below and you may also review detailed instructions on the Organizing and Formatting Your Thesis and Dissertation page. 

Contact the Graduate School at grad_etd_inquiries@mail.colostate.edu or 970-491-6817 if you still have formatting questions.

ETD Formatting Checklist and Sample Pages

  • Pagination. Check all pages in your ETD to ensure all pages are numbered correctly as shown is the sample pages below and there are no blank pages.
    • Copyright Page is inserted after the Title Page with no page number
    • Abstract Page is ordered after the Copyright Page with small roman numeral ii
  • First page of main text is page 1.
  • All page numbers are 1/2″ from the bottom of the page and centered.
  • Check the Master’s Thesis Title Page Sample, Ph.D. Dissertation Title Page Sample, Abstract Sample Page and Copyright Sample Page to ensure your pages conform.
  • Verify that the title on your Title Page and Abstract matches the title on your GS30 Thesis/Dissertation Submission Form.
  • The Abstract and Acknowledgements are located only in the Preliminary Section.
  • Check that your department name and degree name are correct.
  • Check that your graduation term is correct. (Spring, Summer or Fall and year.)
  • Check margins. Correct margins are 1 inch: top, bottom, left and right.
  • Check that your Tables and Figures are correctly titled and numbered:
    • Table captions go above the table.
    • Figure captions go below the figure.
    • All tables and figures must conform to margin requirement
  • To assist fellow graduate students in the development of their thesis or dissertation, a pilot project was initiated by the Graduate Student Council to create a trial offering of a LaTex template. The The CSU Graduate School and the Morgan Library are unable to provide troubleshooting support for students who opt to use this template. If you opt to use the template, it is your responsibility to ensure your thesis or dissertation meets current Graduate School formatting requirementsPlease use only use the template if you are knowledgeable and familiar with the programView information on the the Colorado State University LaTeX Thesis/Dissertation Template.

How-to Guides for Common Issues

Having trouble getting Microsoft Word to behave? One of the most commonly used resources is the Page Numbering for a Thesis or Dissertation Guide (PDF).

Step 2

Bring your electronic file to an ETD Open Lab and be prepared to open your file as a PDF on the lab computer.  Graduate School staff will provide a preliminary review of your document format and help with common issues. If you are using LaTEX, formatting can be checked if you bring a pdf file for review; however, we are unable to offer support for LaTEX.

ETD Open Labs are held each fall, spring and summer semester. 

Fall 2019 ETD Open Labs are held in the Morgan Library, Room 174:

  • October 7 — 3 p.m.
  • October 15 — 3 p.m.
  • October 21  — 10 a.m.
  • October 29 — 11 a.m.
  • November 4 — 3 p.m.
  • November 5 — 10 a.m.

 

Step 3

Submit your completed GS30 Thesis & Dissertation Submission form. Access the form in RamWeb, then deliver it to the Graduate School:
  • Ph.D. students must submit the Certificate of Completion from your Survey of Earned Doctorates.
  • If an embargo is required, fill out and submit the GS31 Embargo Request Form attached to your GS30 and submit both forms to the Graduate School. Access the forms in RamWeb.

Step 4

Submit your thesis or dissertation electronically to ProQuest/UMI through the Colorado State University Libraries ETD Submission Website.

You are almost there! An email will be sent to your official CSU email address from ProQuest notifying you of any required revisions. 

 

Publishing Information and Resources