Dissertation

When a complete draft of the dissertation has been compiled, the student must submit it to the Thesis Office for format review. Submission for format review must be made by the announced deadline for the semester/session in which the degree will be conferred. After a successful defense and after signed approval by the advisers and/or committee members and the department head or graduate program chair, the final archival copy of the dissertation (incorporating any format changes requested by the Thesis Office), must be uploaded as an eTD (electronic dissertation) by the announced deadline for the semester/session in which the degree will be conferred. It is also expected that the student will provide a final archival copy of the dissertation to the office of the department or program head.

A Thesis Guide, which gives details concerning format and other requirements, can be accessed at: http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/current-students/etd/.

Completion of the requirements of a Ph.D. or D.Ed. degree program entails acceptance of the dissertation, as indicated by the signatures of at least two-thirds of the doctoral committee, as well as the head of the graduate program, on the doctoral signatory page, and by its acceptance as meeting the editorial standards of the Graduate School, so that it constitutes a suitable archival document for inclusion in the University Libraries. Thus, it is to be noted that passage of the final oral examination is necessary but not sufficient for award of the degree; the dissertation must be accepted as the ultimate step for the Ph.D. or the D.Ed. and is to be made available to the public through inclusion in the University Libraries.