ETD Submission Deadlines:

Summer One-credit Extension: May 14, 2018

Summer: July 17, 2018

Fall One-credit Extension: August 27, 2018

Fall: November 26, 2018

Formatting Advisor:

Megan Maier |9 Montana Hall | (406) 994-7518

Drop-in Office Hours: Tues 9 – 12, Wed 2 – 5 

Appointment Recommended


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!

All theses and dissertations are submitted to The Graduate School electronically, which is why they are called ETDs (Electronic Theses or Dissertations). The Graduate School does not require a bound paper copy of your thesis or dissertation.

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

ETD Subway Map to Success

“A thesis or dissertation topic is a mystery to be solved.  Develop the skills to look at it from all angles, use a process of elimination to narrow the focus. If you’re stuck, ask for help, step back a bit and new ideas will find you. When the intimidating task of writing your thesis or dissertation arrives, write it a line at a time.  Ideally, you’ll have a fascinating story to tell.  Write several hours a day and at the end of each day you’ll have solved something that had seemed like a big challenge.”
Wayne H. Dickinson, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1996