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 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



In compliance with UCI Libraries, campus, and University of California COVID-19 guidelines, Spring Quarter formatting workshops have been cancelled. For information about formatting and submitting your thesis/dissertation manual, please: 

If you have any questions about formatting your manuscript or about the submission process, please email gradthesis@uci.edu.

If you'd like your manuscript looked at, you can request a Pre-Submission Critique.


Pre-Submission Critiques

Pre-submission critiques are available to all graduate students up to one week before each quarter's filing deadline. If you'd like your manuscript looked over, you may initiate a Pre-Submission Critique by:


  • Uploading a PDF of your manuscript to this form, or
  • Emailing a PDF of your manuscript to gradthesis@uci.edu


Please note: It may take up to 2 business days to receive a response to your question or critique, 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. We cannot accommodate drop-in, in-person reviews.