Writing a thesis or dissertation can be an exciting time for graduate students as this document represents the culmination of your research, scholarly, or creative endeavors while at Montana State University. A well prepared document speaks highly of your ability as a scholar, and The Graduate School is here to help assure your thesis or dissertation formatting is of the highest quality.

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All theses/dissertations are submitted to The Graduate School electronically, known as an ETD (Electronic Thesis or Dissertation). The Graduate School does not require a bound paper copy of your thesis or dissertation.

Once your ETD has been given final approval by The Graduate School and the degree granting department, ETDs are published to ScholarWorks. Students may chose to have their ETD available worldwide or hold their work for a period of up to one year. After one year, all ETDs will be available online to the general public.School does not require a bound paper copy of your thesis or dissertation.

A final copy of your ETD, in pdf format, is to be completed by 5:00 pm on the published deadline, which is typically 14 working days before the end of the semester you graduate. Please check The Graduate School Dates & Deadlines page for the exact date each semester.

 The Graduate School ETD pages are organized into sections representing every step of the ETD process.