All students must begin the submission process by following the Initial Steps for Library Submission detailed further down this page.
After receiving library approval, students will be given directions to proceed with online submission of their thesis or dissertation. Chapman University students are required to submit their thesis or dissertation online to Chapman University Digital Commons and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. Only MFA students are exempt from the requirement to submit to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.
In order to meet all deadlines for conferral of graduate degrees, the library submission process (including submission to Chapman University Digital Commons and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, as applicable) must be completed by 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on the following dates as per the deadlines set by the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education:
It is recommended to make the initial submission to the library at least one week in advance of these dates to allow time for any necessary revisions. Do not count on being able to start and complete the library submission process on the due date.
The Dissertation/Thesis Checklist is mandatory for all library submissions. The Checklist allows the Committee Chair and the Leatherby Libraries' Dissertations and Theses Librarian to verify that all format requirements have been completed properly. Please use the appropriate checklist for your program.
Fillable Templates (optional)
Though you are not required to use them, fillable templates for your thesis and dissertation are also provided to use during the writing process. Please note that these templates are optional and are offered on an as-is basis. They are not formatted according to a single citation style (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.), and thus their specific formatting may not be ideal for all dissertations and theses. You may customize the look of many elements in the template or create your own document from scratch, so long as the elements required by the checklist are formatted appropriately. In the case of any discrepancies between checklist and template, the checklist has authority and is the final word on formatting requirements.
Email the following to the Dissertations and Theses Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org as two separate files:
Signed checklist, with both pages in one file.
The dissertation or thesis, with signed approval page. PDF format is preferred.
Submissions without signatures or using an older version of a checklist will not be accepted.
Solutions to many common formatting issues are available under the Formatting Questions tab of the Frequently Asked Questions page.