Be sure you have prepared and formatted your document properly before you submit.
Make sure your thesis or dissertation conforms to the formatting requirements or you will be asked to make changes and resubmit.
Spring 2020 Deadlines & Commencement
January 8, 5 p.m.: Tuition and Fees payment deadline
February 16: Graduation Application Deadline
April 3: Format Check Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
April 8: Defense Deadline
April 18: Final Submission Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
May 8 & 9: Masters Commencement Exercises
May 9: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Summer 2020 Deadlines & Commencement
July 10: Format Check Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
July 15: Defense Deadline
TBA: Graduation Application Deadline
July 24: Final Submission Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
August 15: Graduation (No Ceremony)
What is the Final Submission Deadline?
On or before this date, you must submit a finalized document that conforms to all formatting requirements.
We require consistency in form and appearance for all thesis and dissertation documents.
Thesis & Dissertation Formatting and Submission Workshops
If you are preparing a thesis or dissertation and intend to graduate in Fall 2019, please consider attending one of the Graduate School’s Thesis & Dissertation formatting and submission workshops. The workshop is designed to help you avoid many of the problems that graduate students often encounter when formatting and submitting their theses and dissertations.
Space is limited, and students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up for a session, simply email Thesis & Dissertation Coordinator Zach Lukemire (email@example.com) and include your name, program, degree, and which session you’d like to attend.
Fall 2019 Workshop Schedule:
- Tuesday, November 5, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.
- Thursday, November 7, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
- Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM.
- Thursday, November 14, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Each session will be held in Room 584 of the Close-Hipp Building. Note: the content of each session will be the same; there is no need to sign up for more than one session.
Submitting Your Thesis or Dissertation Document
Try to submit your document early. That way, you will have more time to make any necessary changes that come out of your format check.
Ensure your document conforms to our formatting requirements.
You will submit your thesis or dissertation through ETD Administrator.
Instructions for Submitting
Once you get to the ETD Administrator site, click the box that says "Sign up and get started today!" You will create an account (separate from your USC accounts) and complete the steps to submit your document.
3. Make Any Necessary Formatting Changes
We will review your document for format compliance and notify you of any necessary changes via the email address you entered to create your ETD Administrator account. It may be several days before you hear back from us.
If you need to make changes to your formatting, do so. After you have made the required revisions, log in to ETD Administrator and submit your new version. Do not create a new account.
Once logged in to your ETD Administrator account, click "View/revise existing submission."
5. Wait for Acceptance
You will either be notified that you have passed the format check or that you need to submit another round of revisions. Once you have passed the format check, your thesis or dissertation is accepted and there is no need to submit again.
Delayed Release or Embargo
Students can elect to delay the dissemination of their manuscripts with what is commonly referred to as an embargo.
How to Request an Embargo
Indicate your desired embargo length when you submit your thesis. This prevents the full-text version of your work from being available in the UMI/ProQuest database until your embargo period is over.
USC Scholar Commons Embargo
Indicate your desired embargo length on your required signature form and attach a justification memo or letter signed by both your major advisor and program graduate director.
An Embargo May Be Appropriate if Your Scholarship is...
- Creative Work
- Intellectual Property with Commercial Potential
- Politically Sensitive Material
How Long An Embargo Lasts
You can typically choose one of three options: 6 months, 1 year or 2 years.
Where Theses and Dissertations Are Stored:
Accessing Your Published Thesis or Dissertation
Users with a valid USC ID can access full-text PDF versions of USC theses and dissertations through this portal. Full-text access will be restricted if you are not using the portal through this USC library link.