Thesis and Dissertation

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The thesis and dissertation division of UF Graduate School’s Editorial Office provides support and guidance to students completing a thesis or dissertation as part of their graduate school requirements.  The office oversees the entire editorial thesis and dissertation process, offering advice to 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 copyright, fair use, and documentation guidance

The Editorial Office also maintains a list of outside editors and skilled 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 Application Support Center (ASC), a division of UF Academic Technology.  The ASC provides practical one-on-one technical consultations relating to the thesis and dissertation formatting templates.

After consultation with the Application Support Center and review of the tutorials, within all published deadlines during the intended term of degree award, students must submit their thesis or dissertation documents via the easy-to-use online portal within GIMS: The Graduate Information Management System; this system records and reports all pertinent graduate academic data related to UF's graduate students and should be consulted often, especially during students’ final terms.   Once the editorial process is complete, the lead of the Editorial Office will catalog all ETDs, generate and validate the XML, and transfer the entire cohort’s theses and dissertations for the term electronically to the UF Libraries for publication within the library’s thesis and dissertation portal.

Helpful Quick Links

Contact the Editorial Office

→ Doctoral Dissertation and Master's Thesis Checklists

Editorial Office Deadlines

Thesis and Dissertation General Format Requirements

UF Guide for Preparing Theses and Dissertations

→ Application Support Center (ASC) Lab Assistance

UF Libraries Subject Matter Specialists

Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) Submission Tutorials 

→ Copyright and Fair Use Guidance

→ Uploading Supplemental Materials to the UF Institutional Repository (IR)

→ Graduate Information Management System (GIMS) Tutorials

→ Student Information System (SIS) Tutorials

Information about Commencement

Writing Resources from UF's Writing Program 

UF's Writing Studio