Concurrence by the department chair or graduate advisor must also be provided to the student(s).
Students may not engage in classified research as part of their formal academic work. The Graduate School accepts theses electronically only, uploaded as a pdf document, through the Pro Quest website:
A doctoral dissertation is a challenging undertaking requiring determination, persistence and resilience over a long time: four to six years’ study or more.
These Ph D “rules of the game” are intended to help students successfully navigate this challenge.
Students should also review the University policy on Misconduct in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, available at https://edu/ope/policy/aps-1007-misconduct-research-scholarship-and-creative-activities.
Per federal law and University policy, student research that involves human subjects or animals requires some level of review and approval by the Institutional Review Board and/or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee prior to the research being initiated.
The following fees are paid at the time the thesis is submitted as a pdf document. Upon submitting the thesis, you will be required to select “traditional” or “open access” publishing.
Traditional publishing is required for submission and there is no fee.
When submitting your thesis, you will have the option to include your work in this open access repository. Items 1-8 in list are numbered with lower case Roman numerals. Numbers should then continue straight through to end of thesis, including appendix if applicable. Pages generally are numbered in the upper right hand corner; usual placement is at least 3/4 inch from the top and 1 inch from the right edge.
If you agree to inclusion, your thesis will be publicly available via the CU Scholar website ( as soon as possible or at the end of the specified embargo period (if applicable.) Please contact [email protected] any questions. Centered numbers at the top or bottom of the page are also acceptable.