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ETD Preparation & Submission: Guidelines for Graduate Students  

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

Duquesne graduate theses and dissertations online. Search by name, title, or school, or browse by discipline.

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...


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? ETDs can be 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.  

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


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
    • Approval Form - signed by your and your advisor/chair
    • Formatting Checklist - signed by you and your advisor/chair
    • Submission Checklist - signed by you and your School ETD Representative
  • 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.


Music Performance?

*NOTE: Music Performance students should use the Music Performance section only. 


ETD Contacts

ETD Coordinator

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


ETD Presentation

An Introduction to Electronic Theses & Dissertations at Duquesne University provides a brief introduction to ETDs at Duquesne.


Guide Author

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


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