Thesis Information

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Thesis Deadline Dates

Fall 2018 graduation - Friday, November 16, 2018

Winter 2019 graduation - Friday, April 5, 2019

Summer 2019 graduation - Friday, July 12, 2019


Thesis Submission

The Commons only publishes thesis materials about work conducted under the auspices of Northern Michigan University. Follow the instructions below to submit your thesis. Submit only the final thesis approved by your thesis committee. You will receive an email confirming that you have successfully submitted your thesis. You will receive another email when your thesis is accepted or if you are required to make revisions by the Interim Director of Graduate Education.


Before submitting, please read all relevant policies and submission guidelines. The submission process consists of the following steps:

1. Read and accept the Submission Agreement.

2. Provide information about yourself and your thesis.

3. Upload your electronic thesis file and associated files, if any.


Before you begin, please be sure you have the following items:  

  • The thesis title  
  • Names and e-mail addresses for your readers/advisors.  
  • A list of keywords separated by commas (10 maximum)*  
  • The abstract (up to 250 words)*  
  • The electronic format of your supplemental file(s), or hyperlink to your file(s)

*NOTE-Your keywords and abstract may be pasted into the submission fields.


Thesis Submission Agreement

Before submitting a paper to the repository, authors should be sure that all necessary permissions (see “Copyright and Permissions” in the Guide to the Preparation of Theses) have been cleared. Authors retain the copyright to their own paper and grant The Commons at Northern Michigan University the non-exclusive right to publish this material, meaning that the author may also publish it elsewhere. Your thesis will also be made available in the ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Global Database (PQDT Global), which reaches 3,000 universities with over 200 million searches annually, and supports discovery through all major subject and discipline indexes (SciFinder, MLA, MathSciNet, PsycINFO, ERIC, etc). ProQuest provides these services at no charge, and is a nonexclusive distribution of your master’s or Education Specialist thesis.

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Guide to the Preparation of Theses