Dissertation & Thesis Overview

Congratulations on nearing the end of your degree program! All of the information you will need to prepare your dissertation or thesis for submission to the Graduate School can be found on this site. Familiarize yourself with the process through the flowchart below and the subpages in the left-hand column under "Dissertation and Thesis Overview."

Dissertation and Thesis Deadlines: May 2023 Graduation*

Below are deadlines specifically related to your dissertation and thesis approval. See the Graduate Academic Calendar for all Graduate School deadlines.

All oral exams (defenses) must be announced at least 10 days prior to defense, and preliminary technical reviews should be conducted 14 days prior to defense.

  • Last day to defend for dissertation students: March 17th
  • Last day to submit the final committee-approved dissertation manuscript: 10 days after defense or March 27th, whichever comes first.
  • Last day to defend for thesis students: March 24th
  • Last day to submit the final committee-approved thesis manuscript: 10 days after defense or April 3rd, whichever comes first.

*Deadlines for December 2022 graduation have passed.

Dissertation and Thesis Process Step-by-Step


   Before You Begin Writing

  • Review the Guidelinesdissertation template, and other information on our Formatting Resources page.



   Preliminary Review 

  • Follow the Preliminary Technical Review instructions to set up an appointment time with the Dissertation and Thesis Office at least 14 days before your defense. The page also includes instructions on how to upload a formatted version of your dissertation or thesis along with appropriate forms to the Baylor ETD Submission Portal: https://baylor-etd.tdl.org.


   Oral Exam 

  • Department submits Announcement of Oral Examination at least 10 days prior to defense (online form). Review committee and defense requirements prior to submission.
  • Obtain signatures on Signature Page at oral examination (or electronically immediately following the defense).
  • Department submits Results of Oral Examination Form to Graduate School (online form via OnBase).


   Final Review 

  • Within 10 days after your defense, or by the final semester deadline (whichever comes first), submit the following to your account on the Baylor ETD Submission Portal: 
    • Revised dissertation or thesis (electronic)
    • Other appropriate forms, including the Approval of Final Dissertation/Thesis Copy Form and your signed signature page
  • You will receive feedback from the Dissertation and Thesis Office with further revisions or notification of approval. 


    ProQuest Submission 

  • After Graduate School Approval:
    • Doctoral Students will submit dissertation to ProQuest website (optional for Master's students)
    • Doctoral Students Complete Survey of Earned Doctorates at end of term when requested

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