The purpose of this site is to assist with the final steps of completing your 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:

American Psychological Association
Chicago Style Manual 
Modern Language Association (MLA)


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

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

3.  Approval of Thesis by the Committee 

The thesis committee will complete the M-2 Committee Report (bottom portion).  A completed M-2 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

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

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.  For information on how to get copies made locally, please contact the Graduate School.

If you need to mail documents, please mail to:

The Graduate School
Amy Banken
121 Woods Hall
University of Missouri - St. Louis
One University Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63121

Please contact Amy Banken in the Graduate School
(314) 516-5879