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Dissertation Guide

Information for doctoral students preparing for, writing, or submitting their dissertations.

Dissertation Order Form

The final step is ordering your dissertation. Complete the form below as instructed.

Submitting your dissertation

Please email to arrange submission of your dissertation.  Please plan to drop off two copies, plus any additional personal copies, and a PDF copy of your dissertation. (If you haven't made a PDF before, see How To Create a PDF File.)


Fasten a copy of the Dissertation Order Form above to the outside of the envelope. Make sure that all copies are collated and ready to bind. Documents that are not properly packaged will not be accepted at the time of submission. A copy of the Order Form will be emailed to your Dissertation/Thesis Advisor.


Please include the PDF on a thumb/flash drive, or email the PDF to The PDF copy of your Dissertation/Thesis will be loaded into the Summit Institutional Repository@PSU. The full text of your dissertation will be available to everyone within the PSU community. Consider granting permission to publish your thesis with open access permissions, granting the ability to read the full text to everyone worldwide.


For personal bound copies, provide a check or money order payable to PSU ($20 per copy). There is no fee for onsite pick-up (please contact us to make arrangements), however an additional $15 flat rate shipping charge is required for shipment to your home address. We can accept credit or debit cards; please contact us to arrange for credit card payment.  Plymouth State University will cover the cost of two bound copies: one for the Writing Center and the other for Spinelli Archives.


Please note: Bound copies may take up to 6 months to process.


Electronic Publication

Once accepted, your thesis will be uploaded to the PSU repository, Summit Institutional Repository@PSU, where scholarly and artistic works of the faculty and students are collected. Theses and dissertations are included in the repository, but are accessible only on campus unless the author grants permission to make their thesis or dissertation openly available online.

Submitting to ProQuest

You may also choose to submit your dissertation for inclusion in the ProQuest database Dissertation & Theses Abstracts Online, where it will be discoverable by PSU students, faculty, and staff as well as patrons of other institutions.  

Please note: Sending your dissertation to ProQuest is optional. Your permission is required in order for us to upload your dissertation to ProQuest. Please include a signed copy of the ProQuest permission form when you submit your dissertation.