We provide workshops for thesis/dissertation writers regarding UMKC departmental style requirements, deadlines for submission, and assistance with formatting. Two workshops were held during the Fall 2019 semester, and there will be a few more during Spring 2020.


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Apply to Graduate

Within Pathway, you will need to apply for graduation. Deadlines are March 31 for Spring, June 30 for Summer, and October 31 for Fall. Please see the instruction guide here.  Note for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. students: You will need to “apply” in Pathway for all three lines, including Interdisciplinary Ph.D., primary discipline, and co-discipline.

Thesis and Dissertation Information

All students are required to submit copies of their theses or dissertations electronically in Portable Document Format (PDF) to ProQuest after the initial paper draft of the thesis has been approved by the School of Graduate Studies.  After submission of the PDF copy to ProQuest, full-text versions will be available through MOspace, the digital institutional repository of the University of Missouri System. Recent UMKC theses and dissertations may be seen here.

UMKC Guide to Formatting Theses and Dissertations

In-person formatting workshops are held each September and January for students who are working on their theses and dissertations.  Attendance at one of these workshops is highly encouraged.  An abbreviated version of the workshop is also offered online via the UMKC School of Graduate Studies Youtube channel:   Part One      Part Two

Submitting Theses and Dissertations for Review

Thesis and Dissertation Completion Timeline Chart

Information from ProQuest on publishing your T/D

Thesis and Dissertation Final Submission Checklist

Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines

Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines
Deadline to submit application for graduationDeadline to submit thesis/dissertation
to the School of Graduate Studies for format review
Deadline for completing defense of thesis/dissertationDeadline for submitting thesis/dissertation to ProQuest
Spring 2022March 31Monday, April 4, 2022Friday, May 13, 2022Friday, May 27, 2022
Summer 2022June 30Friday, July 1, 2022Friday, July 29, 2022Friday, August 5, 2022
Fall 2022October 31Friday, November 4, 2022Friday, December 16, 2022Friday, January 6, 2023
Spring 2023March 31Monday, April 3, 2023Friday, May 12, 2023Friday, May 26, 2023
Forms and Links related to Thesis / Dissertation Process:
UMKC ETD Administrator (ProQuest Upload Link) – Warning! Papers uploaded to ProQuest before SGS has completed their review will be deleted from the system.
Application for Graduation is done by the student in Pathway
Preliminary Approval by Supervisory Committee Chair
MOspace License Agreement
Thesis-Dissertation Delayed Release (Embargo) Form
Doctoral Dissertation Final Evaluation form (for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. doctoral students)
Doctoral Dissertation Final Evaluation form (for doctoral students in Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Nursing, D.M.A. and Ed.D. programs)
Masters Thesis Final Evaluation form
Report of Results of Final Dissertation for IPhD candidates    Oral Defense/Examination forms for other Ph.D. and Master’s programs are available in the departmental offices

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See full version PDF copies of recent theses & dissertations on MOspace!

Research Guideline Links

Institutional Review Boards

Theses and Dissertations (UMI)

Copyright Law & Graduate Research

Theses and Dissertation Defense Announcements

Graduate student travel grants

Does your research involve human subjects?

If so, please check with the appropriate institutional review board to see if your research requires IRB approval before you begin.

What is the difference between Class Related Instruction Assignments and Research Projects at UMKC that involve “Human subjects?”

Read the IRB Statement here.

To comply with the US Department of Health and Human Service’s regulations for human experimentation surveillance, the University of Missouri-Kansas City has the responsibility for reviewing all proposed projects and campus activities involving human subjects. Protocols must be submitted to, and approved by, the appropriate Institutional Review Board before a study is undertaken.

UMKC Institutional Review Board

Other helpful links:

Copyright Management Center at Indiana University

United States Copyright Office

Digital library of UMKC theses and dissertations
Published through University Microfilms International


Submitting your Thesis or Dissertation for Review

Reviewing the procedures and the UMKC Guidelines to Formatting Theses and Dissertations in advance can save time and help avoid stress, especially for candidates who are completing their degrees, moving, applying for or beginning new jobs at virtually the same time. The most important thing you can do to make your process go smoothly is to take time to learn about requirements, mark deadlines on your calendar, and be realistic about the amount of time you will need.

Theses and dissertations must be submitted by the posted deadline in order to make sure each one meets the University guidelines.  Theses and dissertations may be dropped off in person at the Administration Center, 5115 Oak Street, Room 300f.  All theses and dissertations left for format review should be accompanied by a Preliminary Approval form signed by the chair of the student’s supervisory committee and a signed copy of the MOspace License Agreement.

Theses and dissertations will also be accepted via email attachment to hoovern@umkc.edu If submitted electronically, the thesis or dissertation must be in a single document and must be accompanied by a signed copies of the Preliminary Approval form signed by the chair of the student’s supervisory committee and by a signed copy of the MOspace License Agreement. Document attachments should be named in this manner:

Lastname-Thesis(or Dissertation) Draft–Spring2015.doc
(An MSword copy of the manuscript is preferred)



If the thesis/dissertation document is too large to be sent by email, please use
the UMKC Digital Dropbox which will allow you to send documents up to 2GB. You can also utilize OneDrive via your UMKC account.

Review Process

Once you have submitted your thesis or dissertation to the School of Graduate studies for review, you will be notified within 2-3 weeks of approval or be asked to set an appointment to review needed corrections with the Senior Information Specialist.

After approval of the format, and after receiving Doctoral Dissertation Final Evaluation form or Masters Thesis Final Evaluation form from each of your supervisory committee members (usually after oral defense), the School of Graduate Studies will provide you instructions to post the final, corrected version of your thesis using the UMKC ETD Administrator and you must do so by the final submission deadline.  If your thesis requires corrections, you must bring the original draft that you initially submitted to SGS when your final version is posted online, by the final submission deadline, so that we can confirm that any requested corrections have been made.

If a thesis or dissertation is found to be unacceptable or incomplete, you may be asked to consult with your advisory and supervisory committee and reapply for graduation and resubmit your paper the following semester.


Two surveys to complete

Doctoral Students must complete and deliver BOTH surveys to the School of Graduate Studies before uploading the final version of their dissertation to ProQuest.

Complete the NORC survey:

1. Visit the Survey of Earned Doctorates
2. Register at the survey site.
3. Complete the survey.

The Survey of Earned Doctorates site provides background information on the purpose of the survey.

You will need a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the forms. (Download Adobe Acrobat ).

Complete the UMKC SGS Doctoral Degree Exit survey:

The UMKC doctoral exit survey is available via a link that will be sent to doctoral students shortly after they submit a dissertation for format review.  If this link is not received within three days of submitting the dissertation, the student should contact Nancy Hoover at hoovern@umkc.edu.