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.
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
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:
- Policy for Deposit and Dissemination of Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations
- Access Options for Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)
- Electronic Theses and Dissertations — Copyright, Open Access and Publishing FAQ
- ProQuest/UMI Agreement — Traditional Publishing Agreement
- University Agreement — UW Libraries Thesis and Dissertation Submission Agreement
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.685.2630.
- Dates & Deadlines
- Doctoral Dissertation Reading Committee Approval Forms
- ETD Submission Process
- Formatting Requirements
- Graduation Process, Requirements, and Timeline
- Letters of Certification
- Master’s Supervisory Committee Approval Forms
- Registration Waiver Fee
- Required Sections: Title Page, Copyright Page, Abstract