Thesis and Dissertation

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The thesis and dissertation division of UF's Graduate School’s Editorial Office supports and guides students in completing a thesis or dissertation as part of their graduate school degree requirements.  The office oversees the entire editorial thesis and dissertation process, advising students, faculty, and staff to ensure all master's theses and doctoral dissertations meet UF’s high standards and are ready for electronic submission and digital archiving within the UF Libraries.  Editors do not examine or critique content, scholarship, research methods, or writing style, as this falls to the student and their supervisory committee members.  The editorial team is happy to answer questions about format guidelines, reference systems, tables, figures, and equations and to provide referrals for questions about copyright, fair use, and proper use of documentation.  

The Editorial Office also maintains a list of outside editors and document formatters available for hire should further assistance be necessitated or desired by the student or their committee members.  The office also publishes the University of Florida's Guide for Preparing Theses and Dissertations, a comprehensive guide outlining the procedures required when formatting and submitting a thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School Editorial Office for review and approval.

Further, the Graduate School's Editorial Office works hand-in-hand with the Thesis and Dissertation Support Center, a division of the UF Computing Help Desk.  The T&D support center provides practical one-on-one technical consultations on electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) formatting templates.

After consultation with the support center, review of the submission tutorials, and the Doctoral Dissertation and Master's Thesis Checklists, within all published deadlines and during the intended term of degree award, students must submit the thesis/dissertation via the easy-to-use online portal found within GIMS: The Graduate Information Management System.  Each term, once the editorial process is complete and the degrees have been awarded, the lead of the Editorial Office will catalog the ETDs, generate and validate the associated XML, and transfer the entire cohort of graduating students' theses and dissertations electronically to the UF Libraries for subsequent publication within the library’s thesis and dissertation portal


Helpful Quick Links

Graduate School Editorial Office & the Thesis and Dissertation Support Center

Submit a Request for Thesis & Dissertation Formatting Assistance 

Thesis and Dissertation Support Center Lab Information

→ Doctoral Dissertation and Master's Thesis Checklists

→  Deadlines 

Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) Submission Tutorials  

General Format Requirements and UF's Guide for Preparing Theses and Dissertations

→ ETD Submission Workshop Recording  and Presentation Materials 

Contact the Editorial Office

UF Smathers Libraries Resources and Guidance

→ Subject Matter Specialists

→ Copyright and Fair Use Guidance

→ Submitting ETD Supplemental Materials 

Portal to UF's Electronic Thesis and Dissertations (ETDs)

→ ETD Publication Embargoes & Updating Preferences with the Libraries post Degree Award 

Requesting Bound Copies and Additional Available Publication Options

Other UF Resources Information

→ Graduate Information Management System (GIMS) Tutorials

→ Student Information System (SIS) Tutorials


UF's Writing Studio and  Resources from UF's Writing Program