FAQs for:

Dissertations and Theses

1. How do I include and submit large documents, such as large maps and charts?
2. How do I create my signature page?
3. What do I do with my signature pages after the defense?
4. How do I insert the signature page into my electronic document?
5. How do I submit my document to the Baylor University Library?
6. How do I submit my document to ProQuest?
7. Am I responsible for any fees?
8. How do I restrict access to my EDT for a certain period of time?
9. How do I produce bound copies of my dissertation/thesis?




Dissertations and Theses

1. How do I include and submit large documents, such as large maps and charts?
If you have large documents, please visit with Ms. Billie Peterson-Lugo in the Electronic Library for instructions. She will help you create the files in a manageable way, and give you a link to attach the files to your document.

2. How do I create my signature page?
Download and complete the appropriate signature page from the Graduate School website, found on the Forms page. You will need four copies: three to be signed at your defense, one page left unsigned.

3. What do I do with my signature pages after the defense?
After acquiring all signatures needed from your department, submit two signed copies to the Graduate School. Keep the third for your records. Soon thereafter you will receive an electronic copy with the Dean of the Graduate School's signature.

4. How do I insert the signature page into my electronic document?
Note: Only the unsigned signature page is included in the electronic copy of your dissertation (the same copy that is submitted to BEARdocs and ProQuest). The signed signature page can be used in printed copies only.

After converting your dissertation/thesis into a PDF/A file, use Adobe Acrobat Professional to insert a PDF copy of the appropriate signature page into your document.

5. How do I submit my document to the Baylor University Library?
*Do not submit your document to BEARdocs until it has received final approval from the Graduate School. Click here for detailed instructions.

6. How do I submit my document to ProQuest?
*Do not submit your document to ProQuest until it has received final approval from the Graduate School. Click here to begin the process (required for doctoral dissertations, optional for master's theses).

7. Am I responsible for any fees?
There are no fees due to the Graduate School, nor are there any fees for publishing your dissertation with UMI/ProQuest. However:

  • If you wish to use UMI/ProQuest to register your copyright with the US Copyright Office (optional), the cost is $55. Follow the directions on their website.
  • If you plan to attend commencement, you will need to rent or purchase regalia.
  • If needed, you are responsible for the cost of producing bound copies of your dissertation.

8. How do I restrict access to my EDT for a certain period of time?
Baylor provides two options for restricting access to your work, a two-year and a five-year embargo. Please see our Copyright and Availability Form for details. This restriction is also available with the UMI/ProQuest submission.

9. How do I produce bound copies of my dissertation/thesis?
UMI/ProQuest offers dissertation binding (for an additional fee), which you may arrange during the submission process. You may also use a company such as http://www.thesisondemand.com/. Note: Baylor dissertations are traditionally bound in a green (not black) cover.

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