The deadline for FINAL APPROVAL of an electronic Thesis or Dissertation by the Graduate School is TODAY at 5:00 p.m. To accept a document for publishing on or before the deadline means that the student’s document has been reviewed by a graduate school employee, the document has been determined to be formatted correctly AND all required paperwork has been turned in to the Graduate School PRIOR TO the deadline date and time. Deadline day is not just the day that the document is to be submitted via ProQuest for the first time. It is the day where all of the requirements must be completed. Chances are, if a document is submitted on deadline day for the first time, the document will most likely be accepted for graduation in the next semester.
Students are encouraged to submit their document at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline. As long as the student has successfully defended the thesis or dissertation and has made the corrections that the committee requires, he or she may feel free to submit the document via the ProQuest website.
Students are highly encouraged to read and follow the Thesis and Dissertation information available on the Graduate School’s website at: https://grad.msu.edu/etd. This site gives instructions on formatting, required paperwork, and how to submit to ProQuest.
For Masters and Ph.D. students: The student’s GradPlan (at student.msu.edu) should be official and be as complete as possible prior to submitting to ProQuest--Annual Research Overview completed, committee formed (if needed), course plan completed, and annual reviews updated. Departments should ensure that the students’ degree audits are complete as possible and all milestones (except for GDISSERT or GTHESIS) are complete. The Graduate School will complete the GDISSERT and GTHESIS milestones once the correctly formatted document has been delivered to ProQuest.