Submission Methods


Once you’ve finalized your dissertation, your instructions for submission vary depending on whether your degree is conferred through IU or Purdue.

Pay careful attention to the deadlines for each of these steps.

IU Dissertation Submission

Complete the steps below, in order, to submit your dissertation.

  • Step 1: Defend

    Defend your dissertation.

    Learn how to schedule your defense »

  • Step 2: Schedule a Format Check

    Once you are ready to begin the submission process, email the IU Graduate School recorder in the Graduate Office at IUPUI to schedule a format check. The scheduling of this appointment is mostly determined by the post-defense revisions required by your committee, but should take place well in advance of your expected graduation date to avoid delay. Submit the following for the format check:

    • Committee approved dissertation
    • Copy of the signed acceptance page
    • Copy of the signed abstract

    Learn what sections to include and how to format »

  • Step 3: Submit to ProQuest and IUPUI ScholarWorks.

    IUPUI students must submit the fully approved and formatted dissertation to ProQuest, which will automatically upload it to ScholarWorks upon ProQuest approval. Make sure you read all submission instructions before attempting to submit through ProQuest.

    Go to ProQuest now »

    For information on IUPUI ScholarWorks »

    You’ll need to decide if you want to register your copyright. Copyright registration is optional, and there is a fee associated with ProQuest.

    Once at the site, select “Submit my dissertation/thesis,” and follow the instructions. Email the following to the University Graduate School Recorder:

    • Confirmation of electronic submission and fee receipt
  • Step 4: Have Your Dissertation Bound

    After the submission is approved, have your dissertation bound if a bound dissertation is required by your program. The University Graduate School recommends the following local bindery; however, you are not limited to this business. You may use any bindery that uses the oversewn method.

    National Library Binding Co.

    55 S. State Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN 46201
    (317) 636-5606

    Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Go to the company’s website »

Purdue Dissertation Submission

The Graduate School at Purdue University details submission options for dissertations on its website.