Graduate Thesis, Project, and Dissertation Guidelines

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Office of Graduate Studies & Graduate Resource Center

Library North A124

Phone (323) 343-3822 | Fax (323) 343–5653 |

These pages provide all the necessary resources for preparing and submitting the master's thesis, report of master's project, or doctoral dissertation to the University. It includes information about deadlines, style and format regulations, procedures for the review and approval of documents, steps for electronic submission, dates and registration information for workshops, and more. 

It is strongly recommended that all students and faculty advisors engaged in the preparation of a master's thesis, master's project, or doctoral dissertation become thoroughly familiar with the contents of these guidelines before preparing the document. 

Electronic theses, projects, and dissertations (ETD) are made available online to the campus community. Candidates will submit their ETDs online in Portable Document Format (PDF), utilizing the ProQuest ETD Administrator. Submitted ETDs are maintained in the Cal State LA Library Digital Repository.

Steps to Completion


Please see the Deadlines page for a full description of these deadlines and procedures.

NOTE: Unless enrolled in other coursework, candidates must enroll in UNIV 9000 if they intend to file the thesis or dissertation during summer. In addition, candidates completing the thesis or dissertation during summer must have each member of their committee email Dr. Karin Elliott Brown, Dean of Graduate Studies ( and copy Andrea Gutierrez, GRC Coordinator ( to confirm that all committee members have agreed to advise during summer. Please be aware that faculty are not required to advise graduate students during the summer term.

Priority deadline for preliminary review

July 28, 2017

12 noon

Deadline to upload complete draft of thesis/dissertation for official review

August 4, 2017

12 noon

Deadline to submit GS-13 form

August 11, 2017

12 noon

Candidate will receive notification of acceptance by August 21.

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