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Directions for Completion of Degree Requirements and Submission of Doctoral Dissertation and Masters Thesis


  1. Complete and submit the Application for Degree to the Dean’s Office by the appropriate semester deadline
  2. Complete and submit the Admission to Candidacy Form and Prospectus Approval Form to the Dean's Office (both PhD only).
  3. Complete dissertation/thesis as per program requirements and Guidelines for Thesis and Dissertation Preparation.
  4. Set dissertation/thesis defense date with committee. Students should allow themselves ample time to defend their dissertation/thesis and complete any necessary revisions before the submission deadline. Upon successful defense, complete and have your committee sign the Oral Defense Approval Form. Turn this form into the Dean’s Office immediately following the dissertation/thesis defense.
  5. Complete any corrections to the dissertation/thesis as required by your committee.
  6. Submit one single-sided, unbound copy of the dissertation/thesis on 20 lb., 100% cotton, white, untextured, acid-free paper (we suggest Southworth Thesis paper) with original signed cover sheet and abstract to the Graduate Programs Office.  (An abstract is not required for the masters thesis.)  Make sure your left margin is 1 1/2" and the rest of your margins are 1".  This will become the copy of record in the Tulane Library system.
  7. Submit electronic copies of your dissertation/thesis with committee signatures to ProQuest and the The Digital Repository of the Tulane Library for official publication. This is REQUIRED. Students will pay ProQuest directly for copyrighting, if desired.
  8. PhD Students Only:  Complete and submit the the Survey of Earned Doctorates. Forward a copy of the confirmation email you receive to the segrad@tulane.edu .


Degree Date Application for Degree Due Final Copy of Thesis/Dissertation Due
August June 1 August 5
December September 25
December 10
May January 25
May 5


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