Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The UCI Libraries provides formatting and submission support for graduate theses and dissertations. Theses and dissertations may be submitted electronically (via ProQuest), or on paper. Electronic submission best serves the majority of our graduate students and is highly encouraged.

If you have questions about formatting or the submission process, read through the FAQs or email gradthesis@uci.edu. If you have questions or concerns that do not relate to the formatting of your manuscript, please contact Graduate Division


The filing deadline for a Winter 2024 degree is 5:00 pm on 
Friday, March 15, 2024.


The Formatting Manual

Please consult the UCI Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Manual when writing your manuscript. In addition to providing detailed information about proper formatting, the manual details the submission process and provides sample pages and templates.

Read the Formatting Manual


Pre-Submission (Formatting) Critiques

Pre-submission critiques are available to all graduate students who would like the formatting of their manuscript looked at before final submission. You may request a pre-submission critique on a working draft of your thesis. 

Request a Pre-submission Critique


As you approach the filing deadline, the availability of formatting critiques changes as follows:

through Mar 8, 2024

  • Upload your thesis to the Pre-Submission Request form for a full formatting review; OR
  • If you have passed your defense: submit to ProQuest and receive a full formatting review


Mar 11-15

  • Submit to ProQuest after you have passed your defense 
    • Mar 11 through Mar 13 at 5:00pm: You will receive a formatting review via ProQuest.
    • Mar 13 at 5:01pm through Mar 15 at 5:00pm: Your manuscript will be accepted in ProQuest as-is without review (within 48 hours of filing deadline).


It may take up to 2 business days (M-F, excluding holidays) to receive a response to your question, critique, or ProQuest submission - especially during high-volume times in the quarter.  

Please plan accordingly; we respond to questions as they come in and cannot rush or expedite any reviews. 


Video Tutorials/Workshop Recordings


Thesis Formatting Overview (5 min video)

Topics covered: Pre-submission critiques, Overview of the Formatting Manual, Resources for further assistance



ProQuest submission process (7 min video)

Overview of what the thesis/dissertation submission process looks like in Proquest, addressing commonly asked questions about specific fields.



Workshop Recording (Spring 2023 workshop)

1 hour workshop video


If you have any questions, please email gradthesis@uci.edu.