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Office of Graduate Education


Submit Your Thesis

In this section

Doctoral thesis submission dates
For Aug 2016 7/22/2016
For Dec 2016 12/2/2016
For May 2017 4/14/2017
For Aug 2017 7/21/2017
Master's thesis submission dates
For Aug 2016 7/8/2016
For Dec 2016 11/21/2016
For May 2017 3/31/2017
For Aug 2017 7/10/2017

Rensselaer’s Office of Graduate Education (OGE) and the Rensselaer Libraries have transitioned to an electronic-only submission process for theses and dissertations for all graduate students. This process now streamlines many of the former paper submission steps including being eco- and student-friendly!

Submission site: You will submit the electronic copy of your thesis online through UMI ETD Administrator.

No paper submission: Students are no longer required to submit a paper copy of their thesis/dissertation to OGE. Supporting documents and forms are required, however, and should be submitted to our Office. Please refer to the Dissertation/Thesis Check List for required forms that must be brought to OGE before you can upload your thesis for the final phase of the review/approval process.

Fees, payable by credit or debit card: You will need to use a credit or debit card to pay $27 directly to UMI as part of the UMI ETD Administrator submission process. This $27 fee covers the cost of ProQuest/UMI supplying a bound paper copy of your thesis to the Rensselaer Libraries for preservation. Additional copies for personal use may also be purchased through Proquest/UMI

Please access the Preparation Manual for Dissertations and Theses for guidelines and requirements. Students graduating in Spring 2016 and beyond are required to follow the standards set forth in this edition of the manual. OGE's Submission Tips and Techniques (presentation slides) OR the Submission Tips and Techniques – Live Recording will aid you during this process as well.

Students are encouraged to make an appointment with our Office to conduct a preliminary review of their thesis/dissertation before final submission. Requests should be made before a student defends and includes the Citation Style used. For questions and/or more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Education at 518.276.6488.

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