Thesis/Dissertation InformationGraduate Student Research:
All graduate students are strongly encouraged to complete Responsible Conduct of Research Training (RCR):
Graduate students planning to conduct research that involves the use of human participant subjects and/or human participant data, vertebrate animals, hazardous chemicals, biohazards, and/or radioactive materials are required to complete the Research Compliance and Intellectual Property (RCIP) Form. Also, if graduate students are planning research that will lead to intellectual property with commercial potential, they should complete 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 Office of Research Integrity & Compliance Office or the associate vice provost for Research Administration and Commercialization.
Formatting your Thesis or Dissertation:
New for Spring 2016: all thesis margins must be 1" on all sides.
Please review the Thesis Formatting PowerPoint which will assist you in correctly formatting your thesis. We strongly advise you to have your thesis reviewed by the Graduate School prior to the final submission deadline.
For more complete information, consult the Thesis Formatting Handbook:
Graduate School Thesis Formatting Advising Appointments and Walk-In Advising Hours:
For assistance with the new landscape layout requirements, please review the outline and video provided by Research Guides.Signature Page approval is mandatory before defending your thesis. Approval will save you time and heartache later.
UAA Thesis Formatting Checklist
For expedited review, theses and dissertations should be submitted with a completed copy of the Thesis Formatting Checklist. Please make sure that you follow your programs style guide when UAA guidelines do not apply.
Flow Chart of Thesis Review and Submission
We know that the process of submitting a submitting your thesis and its' review is somewhat confusing. The flow chart was designed to assist you in understanding the process. As always, please contact the Graduate School at any time for clarification when you have questions.
Requests for a Deadline Extension
Your Graduate Adviser must write a memo to the Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Helena Wisniewski, through the Department Chair and College Dean requesting an extension of time to complete your thesis/dissertation. This memo is prepared on your behalf by your Graduate Adviser. The memo 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.
No extensions will be granted for any reason after December 15th for Fall Semester, 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.
This is the link to the eCO: Electronic Copyright Office.
U.S. Copyright Office -Frequently Asked Questions about Copyrighting
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 websearch of other sites offering binding services such as Thesis on Demand.
Roles of Individuals in the Thesis Process
Thesis Committee Chair:
Thesis Electronic Submission-Mandatory
Electronic Thesis Submission is mandatory; no hardcopies will be accepted for publication. Please check the Graduate School Workshop webpage for upcoming ETD training dates and times.
Deadlines for Final Thesis Submission to the Graduate School: (The Signature Page complete with all approving signatures except for final formatting review and approval by the Graduate School Dean.)
If the Graduate School thesis deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline becomes the following Monday. For example, if December 1 falls on a Saturday the default deadline would become Monday, December 3.
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.Electronic Thesis Submission
You must upload and submit your thesis electronically at UMI ETD Administrator's website http://www.etdadmin.com/uaa.alaska.
The Office of Degree Services is notified by the Graduate School upon approval of the thesis by the Dean of the Graduate School and successful electronic submission for publication. Degrees are dated and posted immediately by the Office of Degree Services during the semester in which all degree requirements are completed.