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Completion Information

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Deadlines  |  Completion Requirements  |  Forms  |  Formatting  |  Submission

Master's theses or Doctoral dissertations must be approved by the student's research committee, department, school, and dean of the Graduate School.  All associated final and signed copies and paperwork must be submitted to the appropriate school office by the published deadline.  For May commencement, this deadline is generally 10 working days before commencement to confer degrees. Thesis defense announcements must be submitted to the ISE office 2 weeks prior to the defense date.

Projects for non-thesis Master's students must be approved by the advisor and department.  All associated paperwork must be submitted to the appropriate school office by the published deadline.  This deadline is generally 2 working days before the faculty vote to confer degrees.

December 2016 May 2017                   

August 27, 2016*

January 18, 2017*

Last day to complete without
enrollment requirement

December 9, 2016*             April 28, 2017*               PhD Dissertation & MS Thesis Completions
December 9, 2016* April 28, 2017* MS Non-thesis Completions


*These dates are estimated based on an anticipated timeline.  Official dates will be established by the provost's office and updated here as they are announced.

To allow sufficient time for review of completion requirements and approval by the Dean and Provost, all completion paperwork must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator's office no later than noon on the above dates, unless otherwise indicated.

If the deadline for a given semester is not met, you will be moved to the next semester's graduation list.


Completion Requirements
Once you have successfully defended your thesis/dissertation, or have completed all requirements for a non-thesis completion, you must submit all required documents to your Graduate Coordinator office for review and final approvals.

A checklist has been created to assist you in this process:
Completion Checklist (.pdf)

Forms Required:

Thesis Preparation:

Thesis Template

Instructions for MS Thesis preparation and defense

Instructions for the PhD Thesis preparation and defense

Other Requirements:

  • MS Completions
    • Two (2) copies of thesis (will be sent to Clarkson's library for circulation and archiving).
    • One (1) copy of thesis for department.
      NOTE: All MS thesis copies should be bound in pressboard, hole-punched covers, with an appropriate label.
      Pressboard covers (click here to see a sample)
      Sample label (.doc)
  • PhD Completions
    • One (1) hard copy of dissertation for Provost review.
      This copy will be sent to the department for their records after the Provost review is complete - do not submit an additional copy to your department.
    • Bring 0ne (1) electronic copy of dissertation via USB to Graduate Coordinator (for University archives).
    • Completed SED (Survey of Earned Doctorates) - two options for submission:
    • Online- please review the SED Submission Procedures for how to complete the SED online.
    • Submit electronic copy of dissertation to ProQuest for publishing (see below for more information).



Formatting Guidelines
Information to assist you in formatting your MS thesis or PhD dissertation.

Pages required by the University:
Sample Title Page - MS (.pdf)  |  PhD (.pdf)
Sample Committee Signature Page - MS (.pdf)  |  PhD (.pdf)

Formatting your MS thesis:
Guide to Formatting your MS Thesis (.pdf)

Formatting your PhD dissertation:
ProQuest (publisher) guidelines (.pdf)
Guide to Formatting your PhD Dissertation (.pdf)

For additional help in everything from formatting your work to improving your sentence structure, you can also visit Clarkson's writing center - see their website for location, hours, and resources.


Submitting Your Dissertation/Thesis
All MS candidates must submit two hard copies of their final, approved thesis along with all of their completion paperwork to the Graduate School office.  These must be bound per the guidelines above.  Once the final approvals have been received from the Dean's office, these copies will be sent to the University's library circulation desk to be added to the stacks and archives.

All PhD candidates will submit their dissertation for publishing & archiving using UMI ETD Administrator.  Please go to to create a password and set up your account.  You can start the process, logout, and login again later; your work will be saved.

Once your final dissertation has been approved, you will need to convert your dissertation to an Adobe PDF file.  Specific guidelines on completing this process, as well as a built-in file converter tool, are available on the ETD Administrator website.  Please submit only your final, approved dissertation for publishing.  Carefully review your converted PDF document to ensure there were no errors in the conversion (e.g., formatting issues, missing pages, etc.).

Once you have fully submitted your dissertation and completed the online information, you should have your credit card handy as all publishing fees will be paid online.

After you submit your dissertation or thesis, it will be sent to your graduate school for review.  After your graduate school finishes reviewing, it will be delivered to ProQuest/UMI for publishing and archiving.  Once publishing is complete, two (2) copies of your dissertation will be hard-bound by ProQuest and returned to the University for inclusion in our library's stacks and archives.


What Happens Next?

Once all your forms have been completed and your thesis/dissertation is ready for submission, bring everything to the graduate coordinator office:

Carmen Camp
Graduate Coordinator
Institute for a Sustainable Environment
TAC 122, Box 5715

Your graduate coordinator will review all of your completion materials with you to make sure there will not be any issues or surprises.  Once everything has been reviewed, the final paperwork will be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School for final signatures.  When the Dean signs your forms, we can officially confirm the completion of your program.  Paperwork will be sent to the Registrar's office to confirm your completion, and you will be eligible to participate in the next commencement ceremony.