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 2022 degree is 5:00 pm on 
Friday, December 2, 2022.


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 - Nov 28, 2022

  • Email PDF of your manuscript to gradthesis@uci.edu, OR
  • Submit to ProQuest and receive a full formatting review
  • Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holidays, no reviews will take place between Nov 24-27.


November 29-December 2

  • Submit to ProQuest 
    • Nov 29 through Nov 30 at 5:00pm: You will receive a formatting review via Proquest.
    • Nov 30 at 5:01pm through Dec 2 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

Thesis Formatting Overview (5 min video)


ProQuest submission process (7 min video)


Workshop Recording (Spring 2022 workshop)

1 hour workshop video


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