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Theses, Dissertations and Projects

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All Drexel University graduate theses and dissertations must be submitted online so that they can be made available in ProQuest’s Dissertations & Theses database and in the Drexel Research Discovery portal. There is an option to delay publication.

Other graduate projects, such as Capstone projects, are not subject to this University requirement. Authors of these projects have the option to submit them via a separate submission process. Some programs with graduate projects require such submission.

For submission instructions, please click the link below that best describes your situation:


  • The format of any thesis or dissertation is reviewed by one's advisor and must follow the standards found in the Thesis Manual.

  • Download this Drexel University logo to use in your thesis or dissertation.

  • The Graduate College has required forms, a calendar of deadlines, and other useful information. Contact the Graduate College at or 215.895.0366. Additional information for College of Medicine students is available on the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies (GSBSPS) website or by contacting them at or 215.762.4546.

  • Remember to apply for your degree online via Drexel One at the beginning of the term in which you plan to earn your degree.

  • The Writing Center offers in-person as well as online appointments, workshops and other helpful resources.

  • Helpful information about copyright is available from the U.S. Copyright Office.


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Your advisor is responsible for checking both content and formatting of your thesis/dissertation; their signature on the Thesis Approval Form indicates their approval.

Q: Why do I need to submit an electronic copy of my thesis or dissertation to the Drexel Research Discovery portal and ProQuest?

Drexel wishes to make its research available to the international scholarly community as widely as possible. The Faculty Senate approved this requirement in 2002. The Libraries maintains an open access digital repository, the Drexel Research Repository portal, where Drexel scholarship, including our dissertations and theses, are made available to the international scholarly community.

Q: What is ORCID?

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is an initiative to disambiguate authors of scholarly works through unique, persistent identifiers. It is optional for you to add your ORCID when you submit your dissertation to ProQuest. However, Drexel University Libraries recommends that each researcher creates an ORCID for themselves and fills out the ORCID record with information about their research activity, including places of work and publications. For more information about ORCID, see

Q: Where can I get personal copies printed and bound?

The Libraries does not offer printing or binding services for dissertations or theses. You may order bound copies via the following services:

Q: I plan to patent my research or go into business with it. How do I delay release of my dissertation via Drexel Research Discovery and ProQuest?

If there are reasons not to make your research freely available on the Internet immediately, you may, with your advisor's permission, delay the release of your thesis or dissertation for 6 months, 1 year or 2 years.  At the end of the embargo period, your thesis or dissertation will become publicly accessible unless you request an extension. For details, see the Thesis and Dissertation Submission page.

Q: Can I submit supplemental files in addition to the PDF of my thesis, like data sets, audio interview files, or illustrations?

You submit your thesis or dissertation once for both the ProQuest database and the Drexel Research Discovery portal, but the two repositories have different capabilities to handle supplemental files. The ProQuest database will support and display supplemental files, provided that you follow ProQuest’s formatting guidelines. The Drexel Research Discovery portal, however, can only accept PDF files at this time, and any supplemental files will not be accessible for now. The Drexel Research Discovery portal will support other formats in the future and these guidelines will be updated to reflect any changes.

Q: Is my work covered by copyright?

You retain copyright of your work regardless of whether or not you formally register it. You may register copyright directly with the 
U.S. Copyright Office, and during the submission process you will also have the option to ask ProQuest to do it for you (for a fee). Drexel University does have the right to reproduce and publicly distribute copies of your thesis for limited and noncommercial purposes, per the Drexel University intellectual property policy. For more information, please see ProQuest's guide to “Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis.”

Q: Can my dissertation be found in Google Books?

Graduate works published through ProQuest are indexed and searched by Google, Google Scholar, and Google Books. Searches will retrieve basic metadata for each thesis or dissertation (title, author, abstract, keywords, etc.), and provide links to ProQuest for purchase or access. Searches will also retrieve a preview of the graduate work's full text in Google Books. For more information see ProQuest’s ”Search Engines and Your Dissertation” page. You may opt out of this additional dissemination stream when you submit your dissertation online via ProQuest.

Q: Can I keep my research from showing up in search engines, like Google?

While you can tell ProQuest not to make your thesis available to search engines, no such restrictions are permitted in the Drexel Research Discovery portal. Anything submitted to ProQuest will be copied to Drexel Research Discovery, and the thesis as it appears in the portal will be findable via search engines.


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