Submitting Your Thesis/Dissertation

The Graduate School uses ProQuest to administer the electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) submission and committee approval process that results in publication in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database and Cornell’s Library Repository, eCommons. Before initiating the electronic process, students are required to complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates (for doctoral students only). A SED Certification of Completion is provided to the student when the survey has been completed. Once the survey is completed, the final electronic version of the thesis/dissertation (ETD) can then be submitted to The Graduate School using the ProQuest system. The SED Certification of Completion is required for submission to ProQuest.

ProQuest Submission Steps

In order to complete the submission process, you will need to have the following:

  • A single PDF file of your thesis or dissertation
  • Your abstract
  • Supplemental material
  • SED Certification of Completion 

*Sample ProQuest bound theses and dissertations are available for viewing at the Graduate School. Bound copies can also be ordered through Cornell Print Services. Please contact Janine Brace ( for more information or if you have questions.