Academic Services

Filing Your Thesis, Dissertation, or DMA Supporting Document


Congratulations on nearing completion of your advanced degree at UCSB!
Fall Filing Best Practices Guide Sheet

The minimum requirements to meet a filing deadline are:

1) Electronically file your thesis/dissertation/DMA supporting document with ProQuest by the deadline.

2) Submit your original signature page ("wet" signatures) to the UCSB Graduate Division by the deadline. Please note that the wet signature requirement is being waived due to the COVID crisis until further notice. We recommend using DocuSign to collect signatures on all forms, which can then be emailed to Please see our FAQ here for further instructions.

Download the Filing Checklist for more details, and please email with any questions.

We also suggest that you read the Step-by-Step-FILING-TUTORIAL PDF

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Formatting Resources

Formatting Quick Guide - The basics

Formatting Overview 
A video overview of the formatting requirements

Guide to Formatting & Filing Theses & Dissertations
The full Policy, procedures, and requirements for formatting and filing


Master's Thesis
PhD Dissertation Word | LaTex
Joint Doctoral Dissertation
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

* Please note: We cannot guarantee that using the templates will produce an acceptable document as editing documents can inadvertently change the format. You can always print out parts of your document for an adviser at the UCSB Graduate Division office to check prior to e-filing. 

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E-Filing Resources


This is where you electronically file your Thesis/Dissertation/DMA Supporting Document


Filing Checklist
This is a helpful list of final requirements to complete the filing process

ProQuest Publishing Guides

E-Filing Video Tutorial

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Degree Awarding Resources

Exit Surveys
These are required for doctoral students. 
Survey of Earned Doctorates (Optional to include last 4 digits of SSN)
UCSB Doctoral Exit Survey FAQ

Diplomas and TranscriptsLinks to information from the Office of the Registrar

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Copyright Resources

2020 UCSB Publishing Agreement
UCSB dissemination options and policy on delaying release (embargo) of your thesis, dissertation or support document

Delayed Release/Embargo of Your Electronic Thesis/Dissertation/DMA Supporting Documents (ETD)

Copyright, Coauthorship, and Reprint Permissions 
A PDF guide to UCSB's policies