If your graduate program requires a thesis or dissertation, please review the information on this website, designed to assist you in meeting the requirements for a successful thesis or dissertation. As you begin working on your proposal, familiarize yourself with the information contained in the American University Electronic Thesis & Dissertation Submission & Style Guide and Checklist. You will continue to refer to this information as you write, format, and prepare to submit your thesis or dissertation.
Please note the following changes to the submission process:
As of April 15, 2012, ProQuest is ending its optional thesis and dissertation distribution agreements with 3rd-party retailers. If you chose the 3rd-party distribution option when submitting your thesis or dissertation, please be aware that your work will NOT be distributed via ProQuest's former 3rd party retail partners (e.g. Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc.). ProQuest will continue to provide direct access to and sales of your work, consistent with the publishing option you selected (Traditional or Open Access).
Effective for Spring 2013, the University has adopted new Embargo Guidelines for theses and dissertations.
Students are no longer required to pay a Thesis/Dissertation Processing Fee. As a result of this change, Student Accounts staff no longer need to sign students' Thesis/Dissertation Completion Forms.