If your graduate program requires a thesis or dissertation, please review the information on this website, designed to assist you in meeting the requirements for a successful thesis or dissertation. As you begin working on your proposal, familiarize yourself with the information contained in the American University Electronic Thesis & Dissertation Submission & Style Guide and Checklist. You will continue to refer to this information as you write, format, and prepare to submit your thesis or dissertation.
You will submit a written proposal for your thesis or dissertation topic to be approved by your department or school. The proposal should convey the feasibility of the proposed project and present evidence of the soundness of the proposed methodology for accomplishing the research. Consult with your advisor for more information on your school or college’s proposal procedures.
Note: If your research will involve observing, surveying, interviewing, or experimenting on human subjects, you must consult with your department/school representative to the University’s Institutional Review Board. If your research meets the definition of human subjects research, you will need to complete ethics training and submit a project description for IRB approval before you can begin the project.
Several resources are available to assist you with formatting your thesis or dissertation according to the AU guidelines and your chosen style guide. MS Word templates and LaTeX templates are available. Your school or college may review the formatting of your document and require changes if the document does not conform to the guidelines.
Students with questions about formatting in LaTeX can contact Assen Assenov in CTRL, at (202) 885-3861.
Students with questions about how to format in MS Word or the MS Word template can schedule an appointment with their school's ETD administrator.
Information about American University's Microsoft Word and LaTeX
templates designed to assist you in formatting your thesis or
dissertation. Videos coming soon on use of the templates.
Login using your AU email and password. You can then download the files that you need to your computer.
Login using your AU email and password.You can then download the files that you need to your computer.
In order to qualify for graduation in the semester listed, you must upload the final version of your ETD and return the Thesis/Dissertation Completion Form with all required signatures to your school or college on or before the deadline listed below. When you are ready to upload your thesis or dissertation, you will upload it at the UMI ETD submission site for American University. For instructions regarding the upload process, see Chapter 4 of the ETD Style Guide.
|Semester ||Document Upload for |
Formatting and Review
|Upload Final Version|
|Fall 2017||November 10, 2017|| Dec 8, 2017|
|Spring 2018||April 2, 2018||April 30, 2018|
|Summer 2018||July 20, 2018||August 9, 2018|
ETD Administrator By School
|CAS||Lauren Tabbara, Director, Graduate Academic Programs|
|SOC||Jean McGee, Director of Graduate Advising|
|SIS||Garric Buzzard, PhD Program Coordinator|
|SPA||Robert Briggs, Academic Counselor|
|WCL||Bill Ryan, Law Librarian|