Thesis and Dissertation Information

Thesis/Dissertation Defenses Calendar:

  • Anthropology

     At this time there are no upcoming thesis defenses in Anthropology. Please check back or see other programs for their scheduled defenses.

  • Biological Sciences

    Laura McDuffie, M.S. Candidate in Biological Sciences
    "Migration Ecology and Harvest Exposure Risk of Lesser Yellowlegs"
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 9:00 AM
    Zoom meeting link:
    Meeting ID: 832 3748 9382
    Passcode: 269281

  • Creative Writing & Literary Arts

    At this time there are no upcoming thesis defenses in Creative Writing and Literary Arts. Please check back or see other programs for their scheduled defenses.

  • English

    At this time there are no upcoming thesis defenses in English. Please check back or see other programs for their scheduled defenses.

  • Geological Sciences
    At this time there are no upcoming thesis defenses in Applied Geological Sciences. Please check back or see other programs for their scheduled defenses.
  • Psychology (MS/PhD)

    At this time there are no upcoming thesis defenses in Psychology. Please check back or see other programs for their scheduled defenses.

  • Civil Engineering

    At this time there are no upcoming thesis defenses in Civil Engineering. Please check back or see other programs for their scheduled defenses.

  • Mechanical Engineering

    Grant Birmingham MS Candidate in Mechanical Engineering
    "Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Sodium Bentonite Inhibitors Under Simulated Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) Conditions"
    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11:30 am
    Zoom meeting link:
    Meeting ID: 834 8844 2984
    Passcode: 177615

  • Dietetics & Nutrition
    At this time there are no upcoming thesis defenses in Dietetics & Nutrition. Please check back or see other programs for their scheduled defenses.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    At this time there are no upcoming thesis defenses in Interdisciplinary Studies. Please check back or see other programs for their scheduled defenses.

Graduate Student Research:

All graduate students are strongly encouraged to complete Responsible Conduct of Research Training (RCR):

The University of Alaska Anchorage promotes Responsible Conduct of Research enforcing high standards of ethics and accountability in planning, implementation, behavior and information dissemination. UAA provides a CITI Course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), a comprehensive basic course in RCR for all UAA faculty, staff, research administrators, and students involved in any aspect of research. 

All graduate students planning on completing a thesis or dissertation to meet degree requirements are required to complete the Thesis/Dissertation Topic and Research Compliance Form (RCIP) along with their Committee Form. FYI, some graduate students are planning research that will lead to intellectual property with commercial potential which is covered under the RCIP Form. At the same time, all graduate students are expected to respect the copyright, license and intellectual property rights that may attach to files of any media type, including software, texts, databases, images, video, music and other audio files, especially when using university computing and/or networking resources. For further information, contact the UAA Research Compliance Office or the associate vice provost for Research Administration and Commercialization.

  • Documents Required: Thesis/Dissertation Topic and Research Compliance Form 
                                          Committee Form

Defense of Thesis or Dissertation

Graduate students completing a thesis or dissertation in fulfillment of degree requirements are required to pass an oral defense of your work. Defense dates must be submitted to the Graduate School and publicly posted one week before the defense. The defense will consist of a presentation followed by questions on the research, analysis and written thesis presentation. All committee members must be present at the thesis/dissertation defense. A Report on Thesis/Dissertation Defense must be submitted to the Graduate School indicating date of completion, and approved by the graduate advisor and committee, program chair, college dean, and the Graduate School.

  • Document Required: Report of Thesis/Dissertation Defense

Thesis Review

Before final acceptance, all members of a student’s graduate committee, department/program chair, the college dean, and the Graduate School dean must approve the thesis or dissertation as required by the student’s graduate program. Changes or corrections to the thesis may be required at any of these levels. The graduate committee is primarily responsible for project evaluation, grammar, punctuation, usage, and formatting, but the department chair/director, and college dean may also conduct reviews to monitor the quality of projects and check for any overlooked errors. The college or graduate school dean may not give final approval until all required corrections are made. Students should check with their programs for required formatting. Ideally, formatting checks should be made before the defense of the project.  A copy of the signed and completed Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form is forwarded to the Graduate School. Once received, the Thesis/Dissertation requirement in Banner and the student’s DegreeWorks Graduate Studies Plan (GSP) will be noted as having a been met to partially meet degree requirements.           

  • Document Required: Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form

Formatting your Thesis or Dissertation:

Flow Chart of Thesis Review and Submission

We know that the process of submitting your thesis and it's review is somewhat confusing. The flow chart was designed to assist you in understanding the process.  As always, please email the Graduate School at any time  for clarification when you have questions.

Thesis Submission Deadlines and Process

Deadlines for Final Thesis Submission to the Graduate School for 2020-2021:

Fall Graduation:         December 1 (no extensions allowed)

Spring Graduation:    April 10 

Summer Graduation: July 10

If the deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the deadline becomes the following Monday for spring or summer semester. For fall semester, the deadline becomes the prior Friday. 

Please consult your college or school dean's office for their thesis submission deadlines for each semester to allow adequate time for their review prior to submission to the Graduate School Dean.  Please check with your college or school Dean for their deadlines so that they may have sufficient time to read the thesis and return them to students for final submission to the Office of the Graduate School on the ETD website. 

ProQuest Electronic Thesis Submission (ETD)

You must submit and upload your thesis electronically at ProQuest after your college dean has signed the Approval Form. The Graduate School will conduct the final review from ETD. Please submit your title in Title Case Caps, NOT ALL CAPS, or Sentence caps. 

Steps for Uploading to Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD):

  1. Enter website at The ETD web page is titled: "Make your thesis or dissertation available to the research community with ProQuest ETD Administrator"
  2. Click on submit to begin the process of uploading your final thesis and setting up your account on the site. Follow the online instructions. Do NOT use all CAPS for the title of your thesis; please use Title Caps. (Having trouble using Title Case Caps? Capitalize My Title can help.)
  3. At this point, you have uploaded your submission and it is ready for its final review. ETD will notify the Graduate School of this event. 
  4. The Office of Degree Services is notified by the Graduate School upon approval of the thesis by the Dean of the Graduate School. Degrees are dated and posted immediately by the Office of Degree Services during the semester in which all degree requirements are completed.

Post-Graduation Publication Embargo Extension:

Authors must contact ProQuest customer service to ask that they put on a new embargo or extend an existing one. Customer service can be reached by contacting

Customer Service will send an email to the author confirming the embargo has been implemented. Customer Service also reminds the author that they will need to request their library to embargo the record in the institutional repository.

Still have questions about uploading to ETD?  ProQuest FAQ's

Requests for a Deadline Extension

Your Graduate Advisor must complete the Request for Extension to Thesis/Dissertation Deadline form requesting an extension of time to complete your thesis/dissertation.  This form is prepared on your behalf by your Graduate Advisor.  The form must outline the circumstances that precipitated this unusual request. By approving the request for an extension of time to submit the thesis/dissertation, your Department Chair and Dean acknowledged this request for an extension and agree to review your thesis in a timely manner to allow the extension deadline to be met.

Requests for deadline extensions prepared by students are not accepted.

Requests for extension must be made no later than:

  • Fall Semester:             Extensions are not available for fall semesters
  • Spring Semester:        Due to COVID-19 virus, no extensions will be granted for spring semester. See extended deadline above.
  • Summer Semester:     July 1

No extensions will be granted for any reason after April 15th for Spring Semester, and July 21st for Summer Semester.  The Graduate School staff requires adequate time to review your thesis.  You will require enough time to make any necessary corrections. The deadline  imposed by the Office of the Registrar for clearance to graduate is fixed and unable to be amended.

Extensions are made on a first come/first served basis. Not all extensions will be approved.

Doctoral Students: Survey of Earned Doctorates

All doctoral students must complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates and submit the certificate to the Graduate School. 


Copyright information

Contact the Electronic Copyright Office: eCO.

U.S. Copyright Office  and Frequently Asked Questions about Copyrighting

Bound Copies:

If you would like to order hardcover spiral bound copies of your thesis or dissertation for personal or departmental use, please contact UAA Print Services.  

You may purchase copies of your thesis through the ETD submission process. You may also complete a web search of other sites offering binding services, such as Thesis on Demand or PhD Book Binding. UAA does not specifically endorse any outside publisher. 

Roles of Individuals in the Thesis Process

Graduate Students:

  • Research
  • Write the thesis
  • Comply with required thesis formatting.

Thesis Committee Chair:

  • Approve the thesis content, English usage, readability, thesis formatting, and adherence to accepted program publishing standards.

Thesis Committee:

  • Provide assistance with the content and academic rigor of the research of the thesis 
  • Critique the structure of the final product.  

Departmental Staff:

  • May provide assistance with questions regarding formatting.  
  • Review submission process through the delivery of the final research product to the Graduate School.