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Guide to Electronic Theses & Dissertations


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Tubman, Jonathan G.
Vice Provost for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies

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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.

How to locate previously submitted AU theses and dissertations.

Please note the following changes to the submission process:

Beginning in Fall 2015, Ph.D dissertation authors will be required to register for a free ORCID and provide their ORCID identifier during the ETD submission process. ORCIDs are digital identifiers that benefit scholars by distinguishing their work from work by others with similar names.

Effective for Spring 2013, the University has adopted new Embargo Guidelines for theses and dissertations.

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., 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).