A Handbook for Theses and Dissertations contains information on The Graduate School’s policies and procedures for preparing a thesis or dissertation, having it reviewed by the Thesis Editor, and uploading it as a PDF for electronic publication, which is the final requirement for graduation. The Handbook includes an explanation of the University of Utah format, examples of pages and forms, and a discussion of copyright issues.

As of July 21, 2021, the Thesis Office has permanently reconfigured the manuscript review process to significantly reduce manuscript processing times. Please review the Target Dates and Calendars for updated guidance regarding substantially later target dates for manuscript submission each semester.

Please review July 2021 Revised Manuscript Clearance Procedure for a description of the updated review process.  

The Handbook for Theses and Dissertations  will be updated in Fall Semester 2021 to reflect these changes.

Policies and Procedures

Thesis Submission Procedure
University Policies for Theses and Dissertations
Coauthored Theses and Dissertations
Approval Requirements
Publication Requirements

Formatting Requirements: Preliminary Pages

Preliminary Pages Overview
Title Page
Copyright Page
Statement of Thesis/Dissertation Approval
Dedication, Frontispiece, and Epigraph
Table of Contents and List of Figures/Tables

Formatting Requirements: Text

General Formatting Requirements
Parts Composed of Related Chapters
Headings and Subheadings
Tables and Figures
Footnote and Reference Citations
Appendix or Appendices
References or Selected Bibliography

Style Requirements

Documentation and Writing Styles

Preparation and Printing of the Manuscript

Print Quality

Submitting the Manuscript

Submitting from Off-Campus
Electronic Version Submitted for Thesis Release
Distribution of Theses and Dissertations
Personal Copies and Fees