Writing and Submitting the Dissertation

Writing and Submitting the Dissertation

A dissertation is a substantial document presenting independent research that makes a contribution to the current body of knowledge in a scholarly field. The author may conduct an original investigation or develop an original interpretation of existing research and/or literature. A dissertation must adhere to a standard format with several chapters, including an introduction and statement of the problem, a review of the literature pertinent to the problem, an explanation of the materials and methods used to solve the problem, a discussion of results, and a conclusion. A formal list of references cited in the dissertation also is required. The dissertation must be formatted to conform to the Graduate School specifications as stated in the current University of Oregon Thesis and Dissertation Style and Policy Manual. The dissertation is presented to the Graduate School, recorded on the student’s transcript, and forwarded to the UO Libraries for cataloging into Scholars’ Bank.

Both departmental and Graduate School requirements must be met for successful completion of a dissertation. The student is responsible for requesting information from the major school or department about the various steps involved and the standards expected by the department and for understanding all Graduate School requirements for dissertations.

Dissertation Submission Procedures and Requirements
For a list of dissertation submission procedures and requirements, please see the Thesis and Dissertation page.

All University of Oregon dissertations are submitted to ProQuest and then delivered to the University of Oregon Libraries.  ProQuest is a dissertation/thesis service responsible for keeping a scholarly record of doctoral and master's degree recipients worldwide. 

ProQuest is recognized as the publisher, cataloger, and marketer of doctoral dissertations. ProQuest also offers copyrighting services. For more information, visit www.proquest.com

In addition to the ProQuest copy, copies of your dissertation and related files are forwarded to the UO Libraries. The UO Libraries archives the dissertation with any related files and makes them available through the university's institutional repository, Scholars' Bank. For more information, visit http://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu.

Other Degree Requirements
Required Research Compliance
All graduate students using human or animal subjects in their research for a thesis, project or dissertation must obtain permission (and a protocol number) from the appropriate office to be in compliance with university and federal guidelines.  See Research Compliance for more details.

On Leave
You are allowed six (6) regular academic terms of On Leave when you are neither using University facilities nor consulting with faculty.

Please remember: failure to register for credit, or be officially approved for on-leave status means that you have given up your Graduate School standing. Subsequent return to your program may require the re-taking of comprehensive examinations and another year of residency.
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