Thesis and Dissertation

University of Iowa students have won more national dissertation awards than their peers from any other public institution

Ready to write? You are in good company. Did you know that University of Iowa students have won more national dissertation awards than their peers from any other public institution? Iowa Research Online provides a collection of past theses and dissertations. Explore here.

In Fall 2019, the Graduate College will shift to electronic committee verification of all theses and dissertations submitted via ProQuest. Committee members will no longer need to sign the Report of Thesis Approval—to verify the thesis—prior to deposit with the Graduate College.  Instead, committee members will now receive an email that provides a link to the final version of the thesis and directs them to verify the manuscript.  Committee verification will now follow the Graduate College format review, not precede it as it used to.  Verification is a required step in the thesis approval process.

Committee review of the thesis should not change.  Students will still defend, work closely with their committee to finalize the thesis, and then submit the thesis to the Graduate College for format review.  What has changed is that students will no longer need to submit a signed Report of Thesis Approval with their thesis deposit.  Committee verification will be collected electronically after the Graduate College format review is complete.

At deposit your thesis must be complete and in final form. It must include all required elements and finalized content. The thesis must be properly formatted. Please follow our deadlines, rules, and guidelines carefully. Not sure about something? Just ask.

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