The purpose of this site is to assist with the final steps of completing your Master's thesis. Please consult the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation page for more details on creating and submitting your ETD.


The three most commonly used at UMSL are:


Abstracts are required for all theses submitted to the Graduate School. The abstract for the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation site must be no longer than 350 words.  The abstract in the body of the thesis has no word limit. 

Creative theses should include:

Research theses should include:


Thesis Procedures:

1.  Appoint the Thesis Committee

2.  Submit Preliminary Copy to the Graduate School

3.  Approval of Thesis by the Committee 

4.  Final Copy Submission

Final Submission Options:

Option #1:  ETD Site
A copy of your thesis is made available through the ETD site.  This includes theses with short-term embargoes.  Please contact the Graduate School if your thesis needs to be withheld from the public for up to 60 months.

Option #2:  ETD Site for Archiving Only and Two Paper Copies
A copy of your thesis is archived in an electronic file and two paper copies are submitted and sent to the library for binding and dissemination.

Copies must be:

Copyrighting Your Thesis

Microfilming through Proquest/UMI

Additional Paper Copies

Please contact Amy Banken in the Graduate School 314.516.5879