Policy for Electronic Thesis/Dissertation
All theses and dissertations are for partial fulfillment of the degree program requirements. The Graduate School’s Formatting Advisor is responsible for recommending approval of the thesis or dissertation to The Graduate School Dean.
Theses and dissertations must meet all requirements in The Graduate School General Guidelines for Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Copy quality, punctuation and spelling, the subject researched, and completeness of the research are the responsibility of the student's department and Graduate Committee. The Graduate School Dean has the authority to deny final approval of the thesis or dissertation on grounds of non-satisfactory overall quality.
SCHOLARWORKS - All ETDs (theses and dissertations) are published by ScholarWorks through the MSU Library. Students may choose to either have their ETD available worldwide, or withheld from the public for period of up to one (1) year. After one (1) year, all ETDs will be available online to the general public. Under special circumstances a request for an extension of time may be granted at the discretion of the Graduate Dean.
The Graduate School will transmit all theses and dissertations to the MSU Library following approval of the document by The Graduate School Dean.
UMI/PROQUEST - Dissertations will be published by ProQuest Dissertation Publishing.
PROCEDURE OF SUBMISSION — The Graduate School requires all students to submit the electronic version of their thesis or dissertation to The Graduate School instead of paper copies. A final copy of a thesis or dissertation, in portable document format (pdf), is to be completed and submitted to The Graduate School’s Formatting Advisor by 5:00 pm on the published deadline of the semester of graduation. See Dates & Deadlines.
PROFESSIONAL PAPERS — The Graduate School does not require submission of professional papers. If submission is required by the department, the student must follow formatting requirements, procedures, and deadlines.
THESIS/DISSERTATION PATENT POLICY — Patent or provisional patent filings based on data and results included in a thesis/dissertation should be submitted to the U.S. Patent Office (USPTO) prior to submission of the thesis/dissertation to The Graduate School. If a patent or provisional patent is not filed prior to the submission of the thesis/dissertation, the student, the graduate committee chair, and the department head may submit a written request to The Graduate School to withhold the thesis/dissertation from the ScholarWorks website. Upon receipt of notice from the USPTO that the patent has been received and filed, the department head shall inform The Graduate School that the thesis/dissertation is to be released for public access on the ScholarWorks website.