Syracuse University


Electronic Dissertation/Thesis Submittal Checklist


Before you begin: Review the Syracuse University UMI ETD website so that you understand what is involved in preparing and submitting an electronic dissertation/thesis.  You can establish a login and password at the Proquest submission site, however, submit only your final, approved dissertation/thesis. Please pay special attention to the important note on the instructions page regarding SUrface. For more information about submitting your electronic dissertation/thesis please check out the Electronic Dissertation/Thesis Guide.


Title Page:An unsigned title page must be included in your final dissertation/thesis pdf. An original signed title page is to be signed and dated by your advisor and delivered to the Graduate School, 207 Bowne Hall.  When signing your title page, your advisor is confirming that you have completed all of the revisions and/or requirements that were requested at the time of your defense. It is very important that the completion date on your title page appear as the month and year that you will graduate; e.g. June 2012, August 2012, December 2012 or May 2013.

Copyright Page: A copyright page must be included in your dissertation/thesis immediately following your Title Page.

Convert your dissertation/thesis to pdf: Once your advisor has approved your final dissertation/thesis you will need to convert your dissertation/thesis to an Adobe pdf file (or possibly multiple files). If you do not already know a method for doing so, there is an easy to use converter at the ETD Administrator site that you can use once you log in.

Carefully review your converted pdf document to ensure there were no errors in the conversion (i.e. missing pages).

Submit the final, approved copy of the dissertation/thesis: Go to the Syracuse University UMI ETD website and follow the instructions there for submitting a dissertation/thesis. You should have your credit card handy so that you can pay Proquest online. You can start the process, logout, and login again later; your work will be saved.  If you have any questions or encounter problems, contact Proquest electronically or by phone: 1.877.408.5027 (9am-6 pm E.S.T.). You may also check the Best Practices or FAQs pages on this website.

After you have submitted: You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the dissertation/thesis. The document will then be reviewed by the ETD administrator in the Graduate School before it is approved and transmitted to Proquest/UMI. If there is something wrong with the file(s), someone will email you.

Doctoral Students Only:

Survey of Earned Doctorates: This is a requirement of the Graduate School. The survey is completed online using the link below.

Please note that the commencement date is one of four choices: 05/YEAR, 06/YEAR, 08/YEAR or 12/YEAR. For your information: Purpose and Use Brochure and Confidentiality Brochure.

To complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates:

If you have any questions about this checklist please contact the Graduate School at 315.443.2543 or