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Thesis Submission

During Semester of Graduation: Dissertation/Thesis submission
  • '.pdf' format is required
  • e.g., bellamy_amy_f_201008_phd.pdf
  • "Format Check" is a requirement from the graduate school
    • Completed ~ 3 weeks before submission deadline
    • "Does not" require "finalized" document, but in your best interest to have a near complete version in order to avoid unforeseen errors
  • Final submission typically ~ 10-12 days before commencement

For exact deadline dates for a given semester see 

  • Each committee member signs off on your dissertation, must have at least 2 weeks to review before defense
Thesis Database
  • Electronic Thesis Database
  • The majority of thesis and dissertations are available through the UGA library
  • Can be a great resource for deciding on style issues not related to formatting
Dissertation Overview
  • Choosing a word processor: Microsoft Word or Latex
  • Graduate school lists pros and cons for each – also speak with fellow grads to talk about issues
  • Overwhelming pros for Latex!
  • LaTeX style file and a full example: Click here to download (from a former student)
  • The Graduate School Style Manual
Dissertation Defense
  • Committee members and possibly others (grad students/faculty members) are present at your defense
  • You will present your findings and your committee will question you during and after your defense
  • Be prepared to answer any questions
  • Practice before your defense with an audience
  • Wear professional attire