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ETD Resource Center
Current ETD Deadlines
ETD Workshops & Help Sessions
Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards
ETD Process Requirements
Registration & Submission Requirements
ETD Plagiarism Check (Required)
ETD Processing Fees
MFA (Creative Writing) Student Info
Use of Previously Published Materials
Copyrights & IRB/IACUC Approvals
ETD Process Checklists
Process Checklist | Thesis
Process Checklist | Dissertation
Process Checklist | MFA Creative Writing
ETD Formatting Requirements
Formatting | General ∨
Formatting | Section Specific ∨
Additional Information
Writing & Additional Copyright Resources
Approved ETDs (Scholar Commons)
Frequently Asked Questions
ETD Quick Links
Apply to Graduate (via OASIS)
ETD Process Registration
USF ProQuest Login
Certificate of Approval Form
Plagiarism Check Instructions
NORC Survey (Doctoral)
Commencement Website

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The ETD Resource Center website is designed to be your guide to navigating the ETD Process. It is essential that all thesis-masters and doctoral students become familiar with the submission process, registration process, and the formatting requirements. We know this can be intimidating, but we strive to make the process as simple and painless as possible. Our goal is to help you polish your ETD and ensure it looks as professional and consistent as possible. We want to see you graduate!

ETD Calendar - Fall 2015

  Deadlines/Events Date Time Location
 October 2015
  1-on-1 Help Session 10/28 3:00pm - 6:00pm ALN 296
 November 2015
  1-on-1 Help Session 11/04 1:00pm - 4:00pm ALN 296
  Deadline: Submit Thesis for Review 11/06 5:00pm ALN 226
  •    Complete ETD Registration (if not completed already) | CLICK HERE
  •    Submit final Committee-Approved Thesis in PDF to ProQuest | CLICK HERE
  •    Submit the Certificate of Approval Packet to Graduate Studies (ALN 226):
      >   Certificate of Approval | CLICK HERE
      >   1st-page of Plagiarism Check | CLICK HERE
  1-on-1 Help Session 11/11 CANCELLED COLLEGE CLOSED
  1-on-1 Help Session 11/17 1:00pm - 4:00pm ALN 296
  Deadline: Submit Dissertation for Review 11/20 5:00pm ALN 226
  •    Complete ETD Registration (if not completed already) | CLICK HERE
  •    Submit final Committee-Approved Dissertation in PDF to ProQuest | CLICK HERE
  •    Submit the Certificate of Approval Packet to Graduate Studies (ALN 226):
      >   Certificate of Approval | CLICK HERE
      >   1st-page of Plagiarism Check | CLICK HERE
      >   NORC Survey Completion Certificate | CLICK HERE
 December 2015
  Final Clearance of ETDs 12/09 5:00pm Online
       Last day to receive final approval on revised ETDs submitted in ProQuest
  Commencement 12/12 TBA USF SunDome

What's New?

ETD Certificate of Approval Updated | CLICK HERE

We've recently updated the Certificate of Approval - it's now a fillable PDF. Please type in everything but the signatures and dates. There have been a good number that were filled in by hand, and some of the information, like names and emails, is illegible. As this is the official record your ETD was approved, it needs to be clear and legible. Also, be sure you are using the most updated version by going to the link above. We occasionally get forms that are from several years ago - missing pertinent information.

ETD Process Registration & Commencement Program | CLICK HERE

While the deadline for the ETD Process Registration is the same deadline to turn in your thesis or dissertation, we strongly suggest completing this by November 1.

It's a relatively simple registration form, that:

  • verifies that you are registered for at least 2 credits of thesis/dissertation hours;
  • captures information needed to complete the process and the USF Commencement Program; &
  • notifies us that you plan to submit your ETD this semester.

Students have previously had issues when they go to complete this step on the deadline, only to discover that they are either not registered for thesis/dissertation hours, or in the incorrect section. Because enrollment in that course is mandatory in order for the Registrar to change the grade, it's essential to have that corrected by the deadline. It can take several days to accomplish those changes, so it's best to be proactive and complete this registration process early.

Doctoral Students:
The program for Commencement needs to be formatted and proofed for them to have the booklets printed in time for the ceremony. For Doctoral Dissertation students, we use this ETD Registration to gather all of the needed information to be printed in the program. To ensure you are listed, please complete the ETD Registration by November 1.

ETD Workshops & Help Sessions | CLICK HERE

The ETD Workshop is designed to explain the entire ETD process, from registering and submitting to fees and copyright issues. We also show you how to set up your document in Word so that it meets our requirements.

Our 1-on-1 Help Sessions are designed to provide one-on-one help to students in a non-stressful atmosphere. Students are assisted on an individualized basis; no appointments are necessary. More information, including dates and times, can be found here.