Dissertation Policies

University-Wide Requirements for the Ph.D. Dissertation

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

Dissertation Requirements

Doctoral dissertations are original contributions to scholarship. As a condition for receipt of the doctorate, all students are required to submit their dissertations to Knowledge@UChicago, the University's open access repository. If a dissertation includes copyrighted material beyond fair use, the author must obtain permission from the holder of the copyright.

-The University of Chicago Student Manual, Dissertation Requirements

Embargo Policy

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 according to the guidelines outlined by the Dissertation Office. If a dissertation author needs to renew an embargo at the end of its term or initiate an embargo after graduation, the author must contact the Dissertation Office with the embargo request. Embargo renewals may be approved only in rare instances, and in general no more than one renewal will be allowed.

The University of Chicago Student Manual, Dissertation Requirements

Registration for Students in Ph.D. Programs

Students with questions about registration for students in Ph.D. programs and dissertation deposit timelines should contact their dean of students.

Doctoral candidates who submit their approved dissertation by Friday of the first week of a quarter and apply to graduate in that quarter are not required to register as students in that quarter. If not registered, students would not be required to pay tuition or fees associated with registration and would therefore not have access to the privileges associated with student status. All students should consult with their area dean of students and, as applicable, advisors in the Office of International Affairs, before making the decision of whether to register in this case. Some divisions and schools may have earlier deadlines or other requirements, and students are required to follow divisional/school guidelines in those cases.

The University of Chicago Student Manual, Registration for Students in Ph.D. Programs

Application to Graduate

The Office of the University Registrar certifies the graduation of all candidates for all degrees.

Students who expect to receive a degree at the end of a quarter must file a degree application by the end of the first week of the quarter in which they wish to graduate. A degree application is valid only for the quarter for which it is made.

-The Office of the University Registrar, Graduation and Application to Graduate