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Preparing Your Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Submitting Your Thesis and Dissertation Files Electronically

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.

You will submit a written proposal for your thesis or dissertation topic to be approved by your department or school. The proposal should convey the feasibility of the proposed project and present evidence of the soundness of the proposed methodology for accomplishing the research. Consult with your advisor for more information on your school or college’s proposal procedures.

Note: If your research will involve observing, surveying, interviewing, or experimenting on human subjects, you must consult with your department/school representative to the University’s Institutional Review Board. If your research meets the definition of human subjects research, you will need to complete ethics training and submit a project description for IRB approval before you can begin the project.

Several resources are available to assist you with formatting your thesis or dissertation according to the AU guidelines and your chosen style guide. MS Word templates and LaTeX templates are available. Your school or college may review the formatting of your document and require changes if the document does not conform to the guidelines.

Formatting Assistance

Students with questions about formatting in LaTeX can contact Assen Assenov in CTRL, at (202) 885-3861.

Students with questions about how to format in MS Word or the MS Word template can schedule an appointment with their school's ETD administrator.

Information about American University's Microsoft Word and LaTeX templates designed to assist you in formatting your thesis or dissertation. Videos coming soon on use of the templates.

Word Templates

PC-Word 2016
Login using your AU email and password. You can then download the files that you need to your computer.

Mac-Word 2016
Login using your AU email and password. You can then download the files that you need to your computer.

LaTex
 

In order to qualify for graduation in the semester listed, you must upload the final version of your ETD and return the Thesis/Dissertation Completion Form with all required signatures to your school or college on or before the deadline listed below. When you are ready to upload your thesis or dissertation, you will upload it at the UMI ETD submission site for American University. For instructions regarding the upload process, see Chapter 4 of the ETD Style Guide. 

Deadlines 

Deadlines
Semester Document Upload for Formatting and Review Upload Final Version
Fall 2018 November 9, 2018  Dec 7, 2018
Spring 2019 March 29, 2019  April 29, 2019
Summer 2019 July 19, 2019  August 8, 2019

ETD Administrator By School

CAS
Lauren Tabbara, Director, Graduate Academic Programs
(202) 885-2441
tabbara@american.edu

SOC
Jean McGee, Director of Graduate Advising
(202) 885-2078
jmcgee@american.edu

SIS
Garric Buzzard, PhD Program Coordinator
(202) 885-6582
sisphd@american.edu

SPA
Robert Briggs, Academic Counselor
(202) 885-6204
rbriggs@american.edu

WCL
Bill Ryan, Law Librarian
(202) 274-4331
wryan@american.edu