Thesis Submission

USF St. Petersburg graduate students are required to submit their approved theses through USF St. Petersburg Office of Graduate Studies in PNM 102 after your committee has approved the intellectual content . USF St. Petersburg students DO NOT submit through the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) process, but rather the final manuscript is to be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies in PDF format via email, flash drive, or CD. For submission,  questions or to make an appointment, contact Donna Knudsen, (727) 873-4450.


Format Requirements And Resources

The submission for the format check is no longer required. However, students are still responsible for meeting all the format requirements as outlined below. Graduate Studies does not specify a specific structure or organization for the main body of the manuscript (such as the content, number of chapters, chapter organization, etc.). However, individual graduate programs may require a specific style (i.e. APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), set forth by their program throughout the manuscript.

View requirement details below

The table below outlines the sections of the manuscript and also the page numbering requirements.

The following links provide information on formatting requirements. These helpful guidelines were developed by the USF Tampa Graduate School who has graciously agreed to allow us to use them.

Each link contains a PDF document that outlines the required formatting, includes examples of each section, provides explanations of how to use and set up the formatting functions in Microsoft Word, and a checklist that can be used to evaluate each section of the manuscript. To download a particular section of the requirements click on the appropriate title below.


Complete a Thesis Student Information Request Form and submit to Graduate Studies

  • Spring 2018 – Within the first three weeks of the Spring semester
  • Summer 2018 – Within the first three weeks of the Summer semester
  • Fall 2018 – Within the first three weeks of the Fall semester

Deadline to apply for Graduation (Online Graduation Application accessed through student OASIS account)

  • Spring 2018 – 2/2/2018
  • Summer 2018 – 6/8/2018
  • Fall 2018 – 9/14/2018

Submit PDF version of your final committee-approved thesis/manuscript to the Office of Graduate Studies. Hard copy/paper theses will not be accepted. Final submission must be in PDF form. In addition to the thesis itself, a completed Certificate of Approval Form must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies prior to 6 p.m. on the date due.

  • Spring 2018 – 3/3/2018
  • Summer 2018 – 6/29/2018
  • Fall 2018 – 11/2/2018

Deadline to register for the Commencement Ceremony if you plan to attend. Ceremony registration forms and dates available on the Commencement Web site.

Deadline to achieve final clearance on thesis/manuscript from the Office of Graduate Studies (grade changes from Z to S on transcript if all requirements are met).

  • Spring 2018 – 5/4/2018
  • Summer 2018 – 7/6/2018
  • Fall 2018 – 12/7/2018