The purpose of this site is to assist with the final steps of completing your doctoral dissertation.

If you are a Master's student submitting a thesis, consult the UMSL Electronic Thesis and Dissertation page for more details on creating and submitting your ETD.

Dissertation Procedures

Prepare the Correct Formatting


Abstracts are required for all dissertations 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.

Schedule the Oral Defense

Submit the Preliminary Copy and Oral Defense Announcement

The Oral Defense Announcement will be posted on the Graduate School Website. You, your dissertation advisor, graduate program director, department chair, and dean will be notified when it is posted.

The following items are due in the Graduate School 3 weeks before the oral defense:

Go to your Oral Defense

Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates

Students earning a Ph.D. are required to complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates. Students completing an Ed.D. or a D.N.P. should not complete the survey. Please note that the survey year ends in June. If you are a Summer graduate, please check with the Graduate School to make sure that the survey for your graduating class is available.

Students may complete A web-based survey here.

When you complete the survey, a copy of your certificate of completion should be forwarded to the Graduate School by the Survey. Please keep a copy for your records, in case we do not get it.

Submit Final Dissertation to Proquest/UMI

All doctoral students are required to microfilm their dissertations with Proquest/UMI. Students are responsible for all fees associated with microfilming.  The University has no restrictions on the options offered by Proquest/UMI. 

In order to submit your dissertation to UMI/Proquest, you will need to convert the document to a PDF. You can convert a Microsoft Word document to a PDF at any UMSL student computer lab. If you need to edit the PDF to accomplish such as inserting pages with tables or scans, please go to the Faculty Resource Center for assistance. The Proquest/UMI site also has conversion software if your dissertation is in one document. 

Once you have a PDF ready or if you would like Proquest/UMI to convert the document for you, go to Proquest/UMI’s ETD Administrator to complete the submission process.

If you need to delay availability in the UMSL library, please send a separate request to the Graduate School. Choosing a publishing restriction will not delay the shelving of your dissertation in the UMSL library or availability on the web. 

Submit the Final Dissertation to UMSL ETD

 The Graduate School will accept the final version submitted electornically through the ETD website:

ETD Website
A copy of your dissertation is made available through UMSL's ETD site.

Please note: The “archiving option” is only for master’s thesis students.

Checklist for Final Approval

The Graduate School will give final approval on the D7 when:

Personal Copies 

The Graduate School will not accept any materials intended for personal copies or gift copies for the committee.  Students may order from Proquest/UMI for extra copies.

Copyright Information

Copyrighting is optional. You can register your copyright directly with the U.S. government at or Proquest/UMI offers to file the registration for you.  Request for copyright happens at the time of submission.


Please contact Amy Banken in the Graduate School - email at or by phone at [314] 516-5879