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 Fall 2021 degree is 5:00 pm on Friday, December 3, 2021.


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 Critiques

Pre-submission critiques are available to all graduate students who would like the formatting of their manuscript looked at before final submission. How to request a critique depends on proximity to the filing deadline:


Now - Friday, November 26

(Please note that Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26 are staff holidays)

  • Email PDF of your manuscript to gradthesis@uci.edu, OR
  • Submit to ProQuest and receive a full formatting review


November 29 - December 3

  • Submit to ProQuest - your manuscript may be accepted without review


Please note: It may take up to 2 business days 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. 


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all formatting workshops have been cancelled. The slide deck from previous workshops is available to view here, complete with speaker notes. If you have any questions, please email gradthesis@uci.edu.