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Dissertation and Thesis Review

MP Thesis Department examines all Plan A Master's Theses and Projects, as well as all applicable Doctoral Dissertations, to ensure conformity with university and department requirements. The regulations can be found in the SDSU formatting guidelines, reference and style manuals, and instructional material approved by the faculty for the individual degree programs. This formal review occurs after the members of the faculty committee have signed the Dissertation/Thesis signature page indicating their approval of content.

Theses must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be accepted for review:

  1. All mandatory preliminary pages must be filled out (Title page, Signature page, Copyright page, Abstract, Table of Contents, List of Figures/Tables if applicable).
  2. The department approved style guide must be used for all citations and references.
  3. Your thesis must be in a single Word Document or PDF.

For those SDSU Doctoral Programs that are administered jointly with a cooperating institution, the format of dissertations will be governed either by SDSU regulations or by those of the cooperating institution as determined in the contract between the two institutions. Please visit the Graduate Division website for more information on Dissertation Contacts.

Doctoral Dissertations for students enrolled in the standalone SDSU College of Education Doctoral Program (Ed.D) in Education Leadership will format their dissertations according to the current department requirement of APA 7th edition guidelines. Since these guidelines vary from the SDSU guidelines, these students will not follow the SDSU formatting guidelines or use the MS Word template found on this website for the preparation of their dissertations.

Thesis Q&A sessions are held once a semester at Montezuma Publishing's office. These sessions address deadlines, tips on formatting, the review process, and publishing requirements.

Thesis orders are accepted between the hours of 8:00am - 3:45pm, Monday through Friday.