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Thesis Guide

Information for master's students preparing for, writing, or submitting their theses.

Thesis Order Form

The final step is ordering your thesis. Complete the two-page form below as instructed.

Submitting your Thesis

  • Please email to arrange submission of your thesis.  Please plan to drop off two copies, plus any additional personal copies, and a PDF copy of your thesis. (If you haven't made a PDF before, see How To Create a PDF File.)
  • Make sure that all copies are collated and ready to bind. Fasten a copy of the Dissertation/Thesis Order Form above to the outside of the envelope. 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 thesis 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 the Spinelli Archives.

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. If you do wish to grant permission to publish your work open access, please fill out and sign the permission form below and include it with your submission.

Submitting to ProQuest

You may also choose to submit your thesis 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 thesis to ProQuest is optional. Your permission is required in order for us to upload your thesis to ProQuest. Please include a signed copy of the ProQuest permission form when you submit your thesis.