ETD Submission Information






Procedure for submission

  • Formatting Checklist

    This is a formatting checklist created by the Formatting Advisor summarizing the formatting requirements and some of the most frequently seen formatting errors. Please make sure you complete this checklist before submitting your ETD to the Formatting Advisor.
  • Master's Students

    Submit a final ETD in pdf format to the ETD Formatting Advisor on a CD, email, or use Dropbox account, before the published deadline. Science and Natural History Filmmaking students will also submit a DVD of film to the ETD Formatting Advisor. Films will be archived in the Renne Library Special Collections.
  • Doctoral Students

    Submit a final ETD in pdf format through our web interface with UMI Dissertation Publishing before the published deadline. Please read the Publishing Guides and Publishing Agreement sections of UMI's website for important information. There is no fee for Traditional publishing. Open Access publishing is $95 (note, your document will be in the MSU Library's open access database ScholarWorks). Please read the Publishing Options Guide for a description of both.


Along with your ETD, you must submit forms to our office by the published deadline before your ETD will be given final approval:

  1. Certificate of Approval Form for Theses & Dissertations: The Certificate of Approval serves as the official record of the thesis/dissertation submission to The Graduate School and documentation that your thesis/dissertation has received final approval from your advisory committee.   This form is also used for archiving your ETD with the MSU Library. Please type this form; original signatures are preferred, faxed signatures are accepted in extreme circumstances.
  2. Doctoral students ONLY: Complete a Survey of Earned Doctorate online at