School of
Graduate Studies

Theses and Dissertations

We provide workshops for thesis/dissertation writers regarding UMKC departmental style requirements, deadlines for submission, and assistance with formatting.


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.

View Recent UMKC Theses and Dissertations on MOSpace

Submitting your Thesis or Dissertation for Review

Formatting Workshops

Formatting workshops are held each Fall and Spring semester 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. The "Part One" and "Part Two" links will take you to our SGS YouTube channel. Below that is a more recent recording from an online workshop.

Part One Part Two

Workshop recording


Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines
Semester Deadline to submit application for graduation Deadline to submit thesis/dissertation
to the School of Graduate Studies for format review
Deadline for completing defense of thesis/dissertation Deadline for submitting thesis/dissertation to ProQuest
Fall 2023 October 31 Friday, November 3, 2023 Friday, December 15, 2023 Friday, January 5, 2024
Spring 2024 March 31 Monday, April 1, 2024 Friday, May 10, 2024 Friday, May 31, 2024
Summer 2024 June 30 Monday, July 1, 2024 Friday, July 26, 2024 Friday, Aug 2, 2024
Fall 2024 October 31 Friday, November 1, 2024 Friday, December 13, 2024 Friday, Jan 3, 2025

Thesis / Dissertation Forms

Research Guidelines

Visit the UMKC Institutional Review Board

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

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.