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Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines

All the steps for submitting your dissertation, thesis, or clinical project to the Leatherby Libraries.

Library Submission Guidelines

All students must begin the submission process by following the Initial Steps for Library Submission detailed on the next 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.

Deadlines for Completion of Library Requirements

The library submission process has multiple steps. In order to meet all deadlines for conferral of graduate degrees, the entire process (including submission to Chapman University Digital Commons and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, as applicable) must be completed on the following dates as per the deadlines set by the Office of the Associate Vice President for Graduate Education:

  • Summer 2024 (without continuous enrollment): June 28, 2024 by 2:00 p.m. Pacific time
  • Summer 2024 (with continuous enrollment): August 10, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. Pacific time

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.


Though the above infographic provides a general overview of the process for submitting your dissertation or thesis to the library, please be sure to read the full instructions beginning on the Initial Steps for Library Submission page!


Infographic designed by Kalea Brown '26.