Summer: July 17, 2018
Fall One-credit Extension: August 27, 2018
Fall: November 26, 2018
Office Hours are Tuesdays 9 – 12 and Wednesdays 12 – 3. Communication between the Formatting Advisor and students is often through email; however, students are welcome to stop by the office to discuss formatting! If you plan to stop by, an appointment is recommended. If you cannot make any of the appointments available, email the formatting advisor.
All theses and dissertations are submitted to The Graduate School electronically, which is why they are called ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations). The Graduate School does not require a bound paper copy of your thesis or dissertation.
Your thesis or dissertation represents the culmination of your research, scholarly, or creative endeavors while at Montana State University. A well-prepared document speaks highly of your abilities as a scholar and The Graduate School is available to ensure your thesis or dissertation formatting is of the highest quality. It is never too early to reach out to the Formatting Advisor or submit a draft!
When you reach your final semester, please reach out to the Formatting Advisor with any questions you have about your ETD. A final PDF of your ETD must be approved by the Formatting Advisor by 5:00 pm on the published deadline, which is typically 14 working days before the end of the semester in which you plan to graduate. Please check The Graduate School Dates & Deadlines page for the exact date for each semester.
After your ETD has been given final approval by The Graduate School and the degree granting department, your ETD will be published on ScholarWorks, the Montana State University open-access repository for theses and dissertations. Scholars from around the world visit MSU's ScholarWorks page to view ETDs written by graduate students. Students may choose to have their ETDs available worldwide or hold their work for a period of up to one year. After one year, all ETDs will be available online through ScholarWorks.
Along with your final PDF, you must also submit a signed Certificate of Approval (COA).
ETD Approval Process
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