Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)

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IMPORTANT:  Not all the information contained on the ETD site pertains to doctoral or master's students at The University of Texas at Austin.  For specific requirements on submission and publishing refer to Graduation Guidelines and Deadlines for the semester you are graduating.  Links to Graduation Guidelines and Deadlines as well as the Checklist for Final Submission of Dissertation or Treatise can be found on the Graduate School Forms page.

An electronic (or digital) thesis or dissertation is, like a conventional thesis or dissertation, a document that explicates the research of a graduate student. It is developed in a form which is simultaneously suitable for machine archives and worldwide retrieval.

More detailed information on ETDs, their preparation, conversion to PDF format, and publication can be found here along with other information related to dissertations at the University. If you have questions after reviewing the documents contained on this site you may contact Bob Penman in the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance in preparing your document for submission. He may be contacted at bpenman@austin.utexas.edu or 512-475-9365.

Graduating doctoral students at The University of Texas at Austin, beginning with the summer semester of 2001, are required to publish an electronic copy of their dissertation. Beginning with the fall semester of 2010, master's theses and reports must also be submitted to the Texas Digital Library in pdf format.

This ETD site provides resources for preparing ETDs. For official university regulations regarding submission procedures and deadline dates see the Graduate School forms page and find the Graduation Guidelines and Deadlines for the semester you will be submitting your thesis or dissertation.  Doctoral students should also print a copy of the Checklist for Final Submission of Dissertation or Treatise to ensure they submit all the required forms to the Graduate School.

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