All dissertations and theses must be submitted to ProQuest. The following guide will walk you through the submission process. If you have questions, please email the Registrar's Office. In addition to the ProQuest database, all dissertations and theses will be deposited in the university's institutional repository, ODU Digital Commons (see below). Print copies are no longer retained in the libraries.
The navigation tabs on the left allow you to save your submission as you work. Remember to hit the "Save & Continue" button before leaving each section. You may leave the ETD Administrator at any time and then return to your submission later.
What to Expect After You Submit Your Thesis/Dissertation
The ODU ProQuest Manager in the Registrar's office will review the thesis/dissertation for the following and will let you know if changes are needed
Items need to be in this order:
- Cover Page with the Correct Month and Year of Your Official Graduation
- Degree Title
- Copyright Page
- Table of Contents
- Vita (at the very end)
Once the submitted pdf file is reviewed and accepted, and all paperwork has been received, your work will be locked, and no other updates can be made. If changes need to be made, contact your graduate program director or committee chair who will email the Registrar's Office to unlock the item within 24 to 48 hours.
Your work will be submitted to ProQuest for publishing 30 days after the official graduation date. ProQuest will not begin processing bound copies until they have published the work. You will receive an email from ProQuest letting you know your work has been published.