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Dissertation Submission Requirements & Procedures

Widener University's formatting requirements and procedure for submitting your dissertation to ProQuest for inclusion in the Digital Dissertations Database

3/13/2020 -- EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY -- Students completing the dissertation and graduating from doctoral programs
are required to submit the dissertation
online to ProQuest ETD. 

NO print copy is required nor will the Library
be binding personal copies.

Submit Your Dissertation to ProQuest ETD

Before you begin, have the following information with you:

  • A PDF copy of your dissertation/thesis. This must be a single file. If your manuscript is in Word or RTF format, ProQuest will convert it into a PDF during the upload
  • Your abstract
  • Optional supplementary files (images, data, etc.) that are an integral part of the dissertation/thesis, but not part of the full text
  • A copy of your signature page for the correct spelling of your advisor's and other committee members' names
  • 1 - 3 Subject categories that best describe your dissertation/thesis' subject area.
  • Widener ID card
  • Credit card

Access Widener's ProQuest/UMI ETD site here:

Set up an account and follow the steps for uploading a PDF of your dissertation.

Binding Personal Copies of Dissertations/Theses

The Libraries does not offer printing or binding services for dissertations or theses.

You may order bound copies via the following services: