ETD Deadlines

Fall 2020: Dec 2, 2020
Spring one credit extension: Jan 11, 2021
Spring 2021: TBD

Workshop Dates

Fall 2020 semester:

Tuesday, Sept 15 from 12pm-1pm Visit the WebEx recording for a recording of this session.
Thursday, Oct 15 from 9am-10am
Wednesday, Nov 18 from 5pm-6pm

Feel free to attend one of our ETD Workshops with the Formatting Advisor, MSU Library, and the MSU Writing Center for information on formatting, publishing, copyright, and writing. Workshops will be hosted via WebEx.

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Spring 2020 ETD Workshop Presentation Info and Slides


ETD Introduction Video

Note: For a transcript of the video, visit the ETD Introduction Video with Transcript page.


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 ETD repository. Scholars from around the world visit MSU's ScholarWorks page to view ETDs written by our 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. All theses and dissertations (ETDs) are submitted to The Graduate School electronically. The Graduate School does not require a bound paper copy of your thesis or dissertation. A well-prepared document speaks highly of your abilities as a scholar and The Graduate School wants to ensure your ETD formatting is of the highest quality. 

When you reach your final semester, please email the Formatting Advisor. 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.

Formatting Advisor

Whether you are just starting to write your thesis or it is your final semester of Graduate School, it is never too soon to reach out to the Formatting Advisor! Communication between the Formatting Advisor and students is often through email; however, students are welcome to stop by the office to discuss formatting an appointment is recommended.

Important: Along with your final PDF, you must also submit a signed Certificate of Approval (COA). For help on how to use DocuSign to sign your COA form, watch this video tutorial.

MSSE Students

If you are an MSSE student, be aware that your process is slightly different, as the MSSE Office will assume the duties of the formatting advisor. Please visit the MSSE Students requirements page for more information.