Master's thesis information

The Graduate School performs manuscript format checks and oversees the publication process for master's theses. Master's essays, however, should not be submitted to the Graduate School for format checks; these must meet departmental requirements. For all master's students, degree-related functions (e.g., degree certification) are performed by the student's school/college graduate office, not by the Graduate School.

Departments establish deadlines regarding thesis submission and defense, and master's students must adhere to their departmental deadlines. Thesis advisors have primary responsibility for approving the content and style of master's theses. However, the thesis manuscript format — margins, spacing, pagination, page layout, parts and their order — must conform to Graduate School specifications. Approval of the manuscript format by the Graduate School is a degree requirement.

College requirements

  1. Check with your college (CLAS, CFPCA, Engineering, etc.) to make sure all of your degree requirements are completed.
  2. Contact your college if you need to change your status from master to doctoral. This is NOT done automatically.
  3. Your college, not the Graduate School, is responsible for certifying the master's degree.


Graduation deadline dates

Master's graduation deadlines


Required paperwork

Signed title page (submit to the Ph.D. Office when your manuscript has been accepted).


Dissertation and thesis format guidelines

Students should use Wayne State University's Graduate School Format Manual in formatting their manuscripts.

Thesis manuscript format check

Immediately following the defense, the thesis manuscript must be submitted electronically for a format check by the Graduate School. The manuscript should be submitted as a PDF file to the Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) Administrator website of ProQuest/UMI, the publisher of dissertations and theses.

To begin, the student should create an account on the ETD website. The site prompts the student through the steps of creating a profile and completing a Publishing Agreement (see below). Once all the requested information has been provided, the student will be prompted to upload the thesis manuscript as a PDF file.

Graduate School staff will check the thesis and notify the candidate of any format corrections necessary. The Graduate School staff, as the ETD administrator, will notify the student of "changes required" or "manuscript accepted," which requires no format changes.

Publishing and copyrighting

After completion of the student's account profile and before submission of the initial manuscript for a format check, the student is asked to complete a Publishing Agreement. This is mandatory. The student also has the option to copyright the thesis through the site. It is recommended that they do so.

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Please Note: Although completion of the Publishing Agreement is required at the time the thesis is submitted for the initial format check, the thesis manuscript will not be submitted to ProQuest/UMI by the Graduate School until all formatting revisions have been made.

Archiving and disseminating the published thesis

Wayne State University Libraries maintains electronic copies of students' dissertations and theses and would like to make these available to the Wayne State community and the general public through Digital Commons@WSU. Students can control the level of access to their theses. Students should complete the permission form on the Libraries website.

Binding the thesis

Students wishing to have their theses bound should find a bindery service.

Bohemio Bookbindery provides dissertations bound in the Wayne State University standard format or custom bound in any style desired — genuine leather bindings also available.
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