Thesis/Dissertation Submission

Information about the thesis and dissertation submission process can be found by navigating the topics below.

The Thesis Coordinator is available in the office on Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., PST. He can be reached by email at thesisdc@usc.edu or by phone at (213) 740-9033.

Thesis/Dissertation Submission

The PhD dissertation represents independent scholarly work that makes an original contribution to knowledge. It is a demonstration that the PhD candidate has achieved sufficient mastery in the field to pursue independent research and scholarship.

A dissertation for a professional doctorate or a master's thesis represents advanced scholarly work in keeping with the standards of the given field.

Continuous Enrollment

When a program requires a dissertation or thesis, registration in dissertation or thesis coursework is required for at least two semesters and provides the necessary continuous enrollment until the thesis or dissertation has been submitted to the Graduate School. The requisite courses are 594 Master's Thesis or 794 Doctoral Dissertation.

Degrees will be awarded for the term in which all requirements have been met, including approval of the final version of the thesis or dissertation and submission of supporting documents bearing authorized signatures.

Documents are processed and manuscripts are read in the order received.

Guidelines for Submission

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Submission Deadlines

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Required Documents

All of the documents required to submit a thesis or dissertation can be viewed or downloaded and printed. These fillable PDF forms are best viewed using Adobe Reader. Download the free version here.

Guidelines for Format and Presentation

Click here to find the information about Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Guidelines, University Policy on Multiple Authors and Creators and Plagiarism and Academic Integrity