Approvals and Required Forms
Written Thesis / Dissertation ApprovalAfter the student has passed the final defense and the committee has approved the written thesis or dissertation, the committee and department head (or chair of intercollegiate faculty) signs the Written Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form. This form is available online from the Forms and Information section of the Graduate and Professional Studies website.
All committee members must sign the Written Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form before the thesis, dissertation, or record of study can be submitted electronically. All signatures are needed before Thesis and Dissertation Services can accept a manuscript for review. Any student who is having trouble obtaining signatures should contact the Graduate Staff Advisor in their department or Thesis and Dissertation Services for guidance.
In certain cases, if a committee member is willing but unavailable to sign at the time of submittal, the student may obtain the chair’s or authorized signer’s (must be of the same department as the committee member) signature in place of the committee member who is unavailable as a temporary measure. This process cannot be used for the committee chair.
TAMU Copyright and Availability FormAll theses and dissertations will eventually be available to the public. At the time of submittal, the student has the option to release the document immediately, have the document held for a limited period of time for publishing purposes (as specified in the TAMU Copyright and Availability Form), or have the full record held for a limited period of time for patent/proprietary issues. Except in cases of full record holds, information about the work (title, author, abstract, etc.) will be made available to the public during the embargo period.
After the student has graduated, the final approved manuscript will be available via the Internet from the Texas A&M University Libraries and the Texas Digital Library. Additionally, dissertations will be available from ProQuest/ UMI.