Thesis and Dissertation Information
The Graduate School, the University Libraries, and the graduate faculty of Penn State have established format standards that a thesis or dissertation must meet before receiving final approval as fulfillment of a graduate requirement. The Office of Theses and Dissertations is the unit of the Graduate School responsible for certifying that theses and dissertations have been prepared in accordance with these established regulations.
Every thesis and dissertation must be reviewed by the Office of Theses and Dissertations for format only and are not edited for spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Master's papers are not reviewed by the Office of Theses and Dissertations.
When a thesis or dissertation is submitted to the Office of Theses and Dissertations, it must meet the formatting and deadline requirements set forth in the Thesis and Dissertation Guide. All doctoral dissertations and master's theses must be submitted electronically. For more information on electronic theses and dissertations (eTDs), visit the eTD website.
The following forms are available in Adobe PDF and accessible Microsoft Word (DOC) format. The Word documents are designed to be used specifically with screen reader technology. Please use the PDF versions of these forms unless you require the use of screen reader technology.
You may need to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat reader (free) to view and print the PDF documents.
Once documents are completed and you have acquired all of the signatures, please return the form to 115 Kern Graduate Building. ORIGINAL signatures are REQUIRED!
The Statistical Consulting Center gives advice to graduate students working on thesis research. The Graduate Writing Center in 111-H Kern Graduate Building provides consultation to graduate students in all disciplines.
Information about the Graduate School's commencement ceremony.
Questions about theses, dissertations, or Graduate School commencement should be directed to:
Office of Theses and Dissertations
115 Kern Building
University Park, PA 16802
Preparing Your Manuscript for Submission
Submit as a PDF
The manuscript of your dissertation or thesis must be submitted to ProQuest Dissertation Publishing in
Adobe PDF format. When preparing your PDF, be sure to do the following:
- Embed all fonts (further information is provided below related to embedding fonts)
- Make sure there is no password protection on the PDF
- Ensure that security settings allow printing
Verify Proper Formatting
ProQuest Dissertation Publishing makes no changes to the formatting or content of submitted manuscripts. Therefore, the burden of how the manuscript looks when it is accessed or printed is entirely the responsibility of the author. ProQuest strongly recommends that individual authors take responsibility for reformatting the document into Adobe PDF, for checking the reformatted document for accuracy, and for submitting the PDF document to the graduate school or library for publication.
For additional information regarding formatting please use the link to the document "Preparing Manuscripts (including Supplemental Files)" located in the Additional Resources box to the right.