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The University of Chicago Dissertation Office

Dissertation Policies | Information for PhD Students | Information for Graduate Program Administrators | Access to Our Dissertations

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Dissertation Office Services

Please do not hesitate to Ask the Dissertation Office for assistance.  We welcome your questions.

The Dissertation Office provides information on the University's dissertation policies.  We help students understand dissertation formatting and publication requirements, and we assist with the submission process.  We support graduate program administrators as they manage dissertation submissions and departmental approval, and we coordinate dissertation publishing and embargoes with ProQuest.

Dissertation Requirements

Doctoral dissertations are original contributions to scholarship. As a condition for receipt of the doctorate, all students are required to execute a publication agreement with ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing. If a dissertation includes copyrighted material beyond fair use, the author must obtain permission from the holder of the copyright.

The public sharing of original dissertation research is a principle to which the University is deeply committed, and dissertations should be made available to the scholarly community at the University of Chicago and elsewhere in a timely manner. If dissertation authors are concerned that making their research publicly available might endanger research subjects or themselves, jeopardize a pending patent, complicate publication of a revised dissertation, or otherwise be unadvisable, they may, in consultation with faculty in their field (and as appropriate, research collaborators), restrict access to their dissertation for a limited period of time.

All dissertations must follow the instructions provided in the University-Wide Requirements for the Ph.D. Dissertation.

-The University of Chicago Student Manual, Dissertation Requirements