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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.
- All Theses must have a 1 ½ inch margin on the left side. This is to accommodate any future binding of the thesis.
- All Theses must follow the convention in the sample title page for the title page. A thesis may have a second title page that follows the writing style used.
- Signatures may not be on the title pages submitted to the Graduate School. You may include signature pages in copies you bind personally.
- In matters of style and documentation, the custom of the discipline shall be followed.
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:
- The type of work (i.e. novel, collection of poems)
- Description of theme, genre, style, or plot
Research theses should include:
- The objective (research question)
1. Appoint the Thesis Committee
Your thesis committee must be approved with the M2 form before you submit your thesis for review.
2. Submit Preliminary Copy to the Graduate School
The M3 [with committee member signatures] must accompany the PDF version of the thesis.
- The email, with two separate attachments - the M3 and the thesis - should be sent to GradSchoolForms@umsl.edu
- Consult the Graduation Deadlines for the last possible dates each semester.
3. Approval of Thesis by the Committee
- The thesis committee will complete the M2 Committee Report [bottom portion].
- A completed M2 indicating “pass” must be on file in the graduate school before the thesis will be reviewed for final approval.
4. Final Copy Submission
- All master’s thesis must be converted to a PDF for final submission. Review the slides on how to convert a Microsoft Word document to a PDF at any UMSL student computer lab. If you need to edit the PDF to accomplish things such as inserting pages with tables or scans, please consult the Faculty Resource Center for assistance.
- All master’s theses must be submitted to http://etd.umsl.edu
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:
- On good quality paper. 25% or greater cotton bond is recommended.
- Have a 1 ½ inch margin on the left side
- On loose paper. No staples, binder clips, or binding accepted. Most students submit a stack with the copies separated by colored paper.
Copyrighting Your Thesis
- Copyrighting is optional. You can register your copyright directly with the U.S. Copyright Office.
Microfilming through Proquest/UMI
- Microfilming through Proquest/UMI is optional for master’s theses. The students are responsible for all fees and pay them at the time of submission.
Additional Paper Copies
- Students may have paper copies of their thesis made for personal use. The Graduate School does not accept additional copies for this purpose.
Please contact Amy Banken in the Graduate School 314.516.5879