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Master's Thesis Submission and Publication


This policy describes the requirements and submission process for a master's thesis.

Applies to: 

Graduate students on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses

Policy Statement: 

When the master’s candidate has passed the final oral examination and the members of the committee have signed the thesis, a title page and acceptance page with original signatures are to be delivered to the Graduate Affairs office of the school in which the student’s program resides so that completion of degree requirements may be officially certified. As a requirement of graduation, the candidate must arrange publication of the thesis and payment of all applicable fees through the electronic submission process found here.

Theses will be made available through UMI/Proquest and KU ScholarWorks unless there is an embargo in place or special circumstances pertain as outlined in the KU Embargo policy.

The student must be the author of the thesis, and every publication from it must indicate that authorship. Practices vary among disciplines—and even among scholars in a given field—as to whether the mentor’s name may appear as a co-author, and whether as senior or junior author co-author, on subsequent publication of the thesis (usually revised) or on articles prepared from it. It is expected that clear understandings in individual cases will be established during the apprenticeship period when ethical practices in publication are addressed within the professional development training of the program.


Graduate Studies

Approved by: 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Approved on: 
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Effective on: 
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Thesis, Embargo, KU Scholarworks, Proquest, Graduation
Change History: 

07/27/2023: Updated links, removed repetitive language, updated Approved by to Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.
09/06/2013: Revisions of this policy approved by Graduate Studies and the Office of the Provost.
10/29/2010: Revisions of this policy approved by Graduate Studies and the Office of the Provost.
This policy pre-dates the KU online Policy Library. The dates listed in the approval and effective date fields reflect the date it was moved into the Policy Library.

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