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ETD Preparation & Submission: Guidelines for Graduate Students: Overview

Learn how to format your document correctly, download required paperwork, and complete necessary steps for submission. All ETD Policies are approved by Graduate Council.

ETDs: An Overview

Duquesne University requires graduate students writing theses and dissertations to publish an ETD in order to graduate.  ETDs have been mandatory since July 1, 2003.

What are ETDs?  ETDs (electronic theses and dissertations) are electronic versions of traditional print theses and dissertations. They are created using word processing software and then converted to PDF (portable document format).

Why does Duquesne require ETDs?

  • They offer immediate and world-wide exposure of research.
  • They enhance presentation and communication by providing opportunities for hyperlinks, interactive elements, and multimedia.
  • They provide an opportunity to learn basic skills of scholarly publishing.
  • They provide an electronic document for a personal website or an electronic CV.
  • They save storage and binding costs.

Must all ETDs be published? Publication of ETDs on Duquesne's site can be delayed (embargoed) for up to 1 year, according to the policy promulgated by the Graduate Council. This decision is made at the time of filing with the advice of the thesis/dissertation chair.

Is there a way to request a longer embargo? An additional embargo period can be requested separately from ProQuest after the initial 1 year embargo. Graduates will be contacted by the ETD Coordinator a month prior to the expiration of their embargo with details of how to request an extension.  Extensions are generally granted only when the graduate has a manuscript based on the ETD in the final stages of preparation for publication.

All ETD Policies regarding filing and embargoing ETDs are approved by Graduate Council. 

Guide Author

This guide was created by Sara Grozanick. It has been revised and updated by Alyson Pope, Charlotte Myers, Maureen Diana Sasso, and Amanda Miller.

What is required to submit an ETD?

Your ETD submission will be required to include the following:

  • 1 Burned CD containing the formatted Word document and a PDF version of your thesis or dissertation
  • 3 forms
  • copies of any needed copyright permissions  for copyrighted material included in your thesis or dissertation
  • completed online account with UMI/ProQuest

*For further information and detailed instructions, please see ETD Submission.

Gumberg Library ETD Collection

Did you know?  You can view past Duquesne graduate theses and dissertations online!

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Click the link below to access these past dissertations and theses:

ETD Submission Process Overview

ETD Contacts

ETD Coordinator

For futher questions regarding ETDs, please contact the ETD Coordinator or your School's ETD Representative.

About the ETD Guide

This guide is for current graduate students who will be writing a thesis or dissertation. Here you find answers and help for the following...

Filing Deadlines

ETD filing deadlines are also posted in the Academic Calendar.

Spring 2015   April 10
Summer 2015    July 24
Fall 2015    November 19


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