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Go to Final Submission of Your Thesis/Dissertation for checklists, deadlines, forms and instructions.

Thesis/Dissertation Information Session

If you are a student graduating with a thesis or dissertation requirement, we strongly encourage you to watch the below information session. You may jump to specific sections of the presentation by referencing the time markers below. You may also download the slides for reference, in addition to a set of slides provided by the UW Libraries for content on copyright, publishing, open access and access restrictions.

Table of Contents and Time Markers

01:22  The Big Picture: Graduation

03:36  Dates & Deadlines

04:46  Student Responsibilities

06:22  Required Sections for Your Document

09:38  Common Formatting Mistakes to Avoid

14:00  Committee Approval Forms

17:14 Open Access and Publishing Options

21:46 ETD Submission Process: After Submitting

26:40  Registration Waiver Fee

30:20  Commencement

Writing and Publishing: Thesis/Dissertation

Writing a thesis or dissertation can be challenging, and working with your advisor and committee to select a good and workable topic, planning and conducting your research, and doing the writing will be your top priorities. However, paying attention to some additional and probably unfamiliar topics now or in the early stages of your planning is also important.

For example, as a student, researcher and future author you should develop an understanding of copyright, publishing and open access. Your electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) will be published by ProQuest/UMI and by the UW Libraries. When you submit your ETD for review and publication, you will be required to read and accept two separate publishing agreements and then be prompted to decide whether to publish your work right away or to delay its release. Basic information and links to additional resources on these topics are available at:

Depending on your area of research, you may also need to understand issues related to the use of human subjects or to protecting parts of your research for which you, your advisor or department might seek a patent or other intellectual property protection. For help with these issues, consult:


Plagiarism is using words, ideas, diagrams, and other content from publicly available work without appropriately acknowledging the sources of these materials. This definition constitutes plagiarism whether it is intentional or unintentional and whether it is the work of another or your own, previously published work.

Plagiarism is a very serious offense that the University of Washington does not tolerate. Evidence of plagiarism may prevent granting of your degree.

Questions about your Thesis or Dissertation?

For questions about the following, contact Graduate Enrollment Management Services at uwgrad@uw.edu or 206.685.2630.

For questions about the following, contact the UW Libraries at uwlib-etd@uw.edu and review the Library ETD FAQ Page.