Thesis/Dissertation Preparation

Since fall 2006, all students have been required to submit their theses or dissertations through an electronic process called ETD (Electronic Theses and Dissertations). The thesis/dissertation is converted to a Portable Document Format (PDF) file for electronic submission to the Graduate School. No bound copies are required from the student. Prior to ETD submission, all students are required to make an appointment with the degree audit specialist in the Graduate School for a format check of the paper copy. The PDF is uploaded to the Blackboard Learning System using the digital drop box once approval has been given by the Graduate School. A copy is saved on a CD by the Graduate School and given to the student, the chair of the committee, and the student’s major department. The final copy of the ETD is sent to the university library. The student’s ETD contributes to worldwide graduate education as WSU builds a Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) in collaboration with other scholarly institutions.

For additional information about the preparation of the thesis or dissertation, the student is referred to the Graduate School publication, Guide to the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations, which is available online (