Thesis and Dissertation

Resources for Graduate Research


FGCU has partnered with ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Publishing, the world's only comprehensive service for publishing, archiving and disseminating graduate research. By publishing with ProQuest/UMI, you ensure your dissertation or thesis gains the widest possible audience. Candidates for master's and doctoral degrees are required to submit their final thesis or dissertation electronically through ProQuest UMI ETD.

Thesis Submissions

All thesis and dissertation submissions must be completed and uploaded onto the ProQuest* system at least 10 business days before the Florida Gulf Coast University Registrar’s certification of degrees date for a given semester.

For questions regarding the ProQuest process, please contact:
Shannon Acosta 

For questions about published theses & dissertations on ScholarsCommons, please contact:
Kaleena Rivera 
Scholarly Communications Librarian 

Submission deadlines for upcoming semesters: 
Fall 2023:  Friday, January 19, 2024

Spring 2024:  Friday, May 31, 2024

Summer 2024:  Friday, Spetember 6, 2024

  • Faculty Submission Steps
    The FGCU ProQuest Administrator Shannon Acosta is pleased to assist you with your student's approval process.  Please follow the instructions linked above.
  • Student Submission Steps
    Congratulations on presenting and defending your thesis/dissertation.  Your final step is to upload your academic work through ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Publishing.  Please follow the instructions linked above.

    Required Thesis Approval Sheet and Recommended Format for Title Page:
    Thesis Approval Sheet
    Thesis Title Page

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You may search directly on ProQuest for theses and dissertations to support your research.

You may also search in the ScholarsCommons and find theses and dissertations which have been published through ProQuest.

Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation

For students completing an undergraduate Honors College thesis, master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, the FGCU Library offers this presentation with information on copyright, submitting your thesis or dissertation, journal publishing agreements and your rights as an author.

View Copyright Your Thesis or Dissertation