Thesis/Dissertation Information

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. 

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 thesis formatting review, please submit a word doc or PDF copy to Elisa Mattison.  Or, you may submit a hardcopy in person at the Administration Building, Suite 200 or by email. Please email all signature pages to Elisa Mattison.
  • All Signature Pages must be approved by the Graduate School before the thesis defense.

For more complete information, consult the Thesis Formatting Handbook:

Graduate School Thesis Formatting Advising Appointments and Walk-In Advising Hours:

  • Personal appointments for thesis advising may be made by calling 786-1096 or emailing

  • The Office of the Graduate School is available for thesis formatting advising on a walk-in basis. Please stop by on Friday's between 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Always check for closures online by reviewing the: Graduate School Calendar.

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.
  • Submit a copy of your signature page to Elisa Mattison. You may submit the page in person at the Administration Building, Suite 200 during normal office hours or send it via email.
  • See Signature Page and Title Page examples below. The examples are templates and not to be used as actual pages.

Example - Signature Page
Example- Title Page

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. 

When in doubt of program required style guides, check the Purdue Owl APA formatting or Purdue Owl MLA formatting or purchase the style guide.

Program Specific Formatting Handbooks: for use in conjuction with the UAA Thesis Formatting Handbook. (When in doubt, the UAA handbook trumps the department handbook).


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 complete the Request for Deadline Extension form  and send to the Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Helena S. Wisniewski, through the Department Chair and College Dean requesting an extension of time to complete your thesis/dissertation.  This form is prepared on your behalf by your Graduate Adviser.  The request  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:          Not available
  • Spring Semester:      April 1
  • Summer Semester:   July 1


No extensions will be granted for any reason after April 15th for Spring Semester, and July 21 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.



Copyright information

This is the link to the eCO: Electronic Copyright Office.

U.S. Copyright Office -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 websearch of other sites offering binding services such as Thesis on Demand.


Roles of Individuals in the Thesis Process

Graduate Students:

  • Research
  • Write their thesis

Thesis Committee Chair:

  • Approve the thesis content, English usage, readability, thesis formatting, and adherence to acceptable 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.

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.)

Fall Graduation:        December 1

Spring Graduation:    April 10

Summer Graduation: July 10

If the Graduate School thesis deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline becomes the following Monday for spring and summer semesters. For fall semester, the deadline becomes the prior Friday.  For example, if December 1 falls on a Saturday the default deadline would become Friday, November 30. 

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

Steps for Electronic Thesis Download:

  1. Enter website at
  2. Go to  the students tab and click on submit to upload your final thesis on the site. More are online instructions are available if you need them.
  3. At this point, you have uploaded your final approved submission.
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.