Thesis & Dissertation Services

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Your thesis, dissertation or record of study marks the apex of your graduate program and showcases the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout. The Graduate and Professional School provides the resources you need to create a final product that meets the high scholarly standards set by Texas A&M University.

Working with You from Conception to Submission

The Graduate and Professional School does more than review submissions. We help you navigate the process, from before you start writing through clearance for graduation. While your chair and committee ensure that you produce work that meets academic standards, we can give you the tools and guidance to meet formatting and documentation standards set by Texas A&M, freeing you up to focus on the content of your document.

Further our services include reviewing each electronic thesis, dissertation and record of study (ETD) for uniformity, consistency and adherence to university guidelines and coordinating the timely release of the ETD for public access.

Getting Started

Once you complete your proposal, you will soon begin thinking about the writing of your thesis, dissertation, or record of study. Here are a few resources that will help you at the beginning of your process.


DOCUMENT PREPARATION CONFERENCES                                                                              

The Document Preparation Conference is designed to provide you with early and specific guidance for you as you start to plan your thesis, dissertation, or record of study. 

 

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Producing a thesis or dissertation is hard enough. Pre-Submittal Conferences walk you, step-by-step, through the thesis or dissertation submission process, from preparing your document to clearance for graduation. If you’re writing—or preparing to write—a thesis or dissertation, attend a conference to make sure you understand the requirements and resources available to you so you can focus on your research and writing, not the little things that can turn into major hassles.



Visit the Document Preparation Conference Portal to see the schedule and register for a session. If you can’t attend in person, you may view a document preparation conference online. We encourage you, however, to schedule and attend a workshop in-person so that you can ask questions. Session recordings do not include Q&A. 

WRITING, EDITING AND DOCUMENTATION TOOLS

The Graduate and Professional School publishes a thorough Guidelines for Theses, Dissertations and Records of Study, partners with campus offices and initiatives, and subscribes to useful software programs that you may find helpful as you research and write.


Guidelines for Theses, Dissertations and Records of Study

The Guidelines for Theses, Dissertations and Records of Study provides in-depth guidance for both students and faculty about how to prepare electronic theses, dissertations, and records of study, including sample pages.

Guidelines for theses, dissertations and records of study
Guidelines for Theses, Dissertations, and Records of Study

Editing Software

Texas A&M offers free Overleaf Professional accounts for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online Overleaf editor for their projects. Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers, project reports, and ETD much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Students can use Overleaf to receive real-time feedback from their graduate advisors on their final thesis, dissertation or record of study.

Overleaf authoring and editing tool

Document Templates

Sample templates are available for Microsoft Word and Overleaf. Although these don’t eliminate the need for you to manually apply formatting, they do come pre-loaded with many of our formatting requirements, particularly for the preliminary pages or front matter. We highly recommend you use a template to save time and avoid possible confusion. Be sure to follow the accompanying instructions closely.

Find basic, section, chapter, and journal templates, as well as an Overleaf dissertation template here.

Word templates and instructions for theses, dissertations, and records of study
LaTeX templates and instructions for theses, dissertations, and records of study

University writing center

The University Writing Center offers graduate students assistance with writing and public speaking, including class assignments, CVs, journal articles, research posters, oral presentations, theses or dissertations, and the oral defense.

Writing Center

Power writing support services

POWER (Promoting Outstanding Writing for Excellence in Research) provides motivational and instrumental support for graduate students’ academic writing through services such as individual writing consultations, writing and practicing in Writing Studios and graduate-level writing productivity classes.

POWER WRITING SUPPORT SERVICES

Resources for degree completion

The Graduate and Professional School works to ensure a smooth process from matriculation to graduation. Here, you’ll find links and information for everything you need to know to successfully complete your degree.

RESOURCES FOR DEGREE COMPLETION

Nearing Completion

Congratulations! You are nearing the end of your doctoral or master’s journey. Here’s what you need to know or do before you can submit your thesis, dissertation, or record of study and be cleared for graduation.

  • Apply for graduation
  • Pass your oral defense
  • Turn in your thesis or dissertation written approval form
  • Make sure you have followed all formatting and copyright guidelines and acquired all required approval forms
  • Turn in your Copyright and Availability Form
  • Submit (if necessary) copyright permission for previously published work
  • Submit (if necessary) permission for figures and tables, or indicate that a Fair Use Analysis was done
  • Clear for graduation
  • Completing the SED/AAUDE Survey (Doctoral only)

Find links to required forms below.

For specific FAQs and forms, check out the Knowledge Center

Permission to Use Copyrighted Material
Written Dissertation Approval Form
Written Thesis Approval Form
Thesis, Dissertation, and Record of Study - Copyright and Availability Form
Figures and Tables Permissions
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Submit your thesis, dissertation, or record of study to Vireo!

All theses, dissertations, records of study and copyright permissions (if needed) must be submitted electronically to Vireo in final PDF form. Vireo is also where you will retrieve a list of corrections once a review has been completed.

Vireo Thesis and Dissertation Submission System

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