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Thesis and Dissertation Submission

All Drexel University graduate theses and dissertations are submitted online via ProQuest’s ETD Administrator tool, for publication in ProQuest’s Dissertations & Theses database and in the Drexel Research Discovery portal, where they will be made freely available online. 

The following instructions are for formal theses and dissertations only. Please select the Masters and Doctoral Project page for other graduate projects, such as Capstone projects and DNP Projects.


Please note that individual academic programs or departments may have additional requirements. Please check with a representative from your program/department. In additional, please note that all PhD candidates must follow the E-Forms process outlined on the Graduation Requirements page, which will generate the below forms and processes. Students in the College of Medicine and Kline School of Law should consult with their college or school officials. For all others:

  1. After you successfully defend, make all content changes and edits as required by your defense committee and obtain all required committee signatures on the Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form and Signature Page [PDF]. The completed form should be formatted as the first page of your thesis/dissertation in preparation for electronic submission via ProQuest.

  2. Submit your final formatted thesis/dissertation to your supervising professor for approval.

  3. Submit your approved thesis/dissertation as a single PDF document to ProQuest (including the completed Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form and Signature Page as the first page and the title page as the second page) by going to and click "Sign up" to create an account. Follow the steps to upload your document. This will take approximately 20–30 minutes.

  4. Once you have submitted all required materials to ProQuest, complete and sign the Graduate Program Completion Form [PDF] and obtain all other required signatures.

  5. Submit the completed Graduate Program Completion Form to the Graduate College via by the posted deadline for final approval and degree clearance.


    If you plan to patent, publish or go into business with your research, you have the option to delay the public release of your dissertation or thesis by placing a temporary embargo on it. At the end of the embargo period, your dissertation or thesis will become publicly accessible unless you request an extension.

    Embargoes must be requested separately for the ProQuest database and Drexel’s Research Discovery portal:

    • An embargo in the Drexel Research Discovery portal must be requested by your advisor by sending an email to The length of the embargo (6 months, 1 year or 2 years) must be specified. This request should be made BEFORE you submit your thesis/dissertation. You may request an extension on an embargo by emailing
    • An embargo in the ProQuest database must be requested as part of the online submission process. Please specify the length of the embargo (6 months, 1 year or 2 years). To extend an embargo on the ProQuest database, contact ProQuest at


    In most cases, your thesis/dissertation is automatically protected under federal copyright law. However, you may wish to register it with the U.S. Copyright Office. During the submission process, you have the option to pay ProQuest to register your copyright for you. Alternately, you may file for copyright registration directly with the Copyright Office yourself. For more information, please see ProQuest's guide to “Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis.”


    You have the option to purchase bound hard copies of your thesis/dissertation, either from ProQuest as part of the submission process, or from a third party binding service as listed in the FAQ section of the Theses, Dissertation and Projects page. The Libraries does not provide printing or binding services.


    Phone: 215.895.6845 or 215.895.2766


    Please visit the Theses, Dissertations, and Projects page for all submission details, as well as for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    For submission of a Master's or Doctoral Project which is not considered a thesis or dissertation, visit the Master's and Doctoral Project Submission page.

    For more information about graduation requirements and deadlines, please visit the Graduation Requirements page.

    For students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies in the College of Medicine, please contact your school official or email

    For information about Commencement, please visit the Commencement website.