Thesis and dissertation

All students completing a thesis or dissertation must adhere to the University Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines for formatting. Theses and dissertations will be archived at the Murphy Library and, if you approve, published online at Minds@UW and ProQuest. Students completing seminar papers and projects must also follow these guidelines if they wish to have their papers archived and/or published online. 

Formatting your document (before your defense)

It is the student's responsibility to ensure the document submitted meets all standards as laid out in the University Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines. Careful attention to formatting details will speed up the editing process. Failure to do so could result in missing semester deadlines for graduation.

Click the button to the right to download the Guidelines. The document includes templates for the title, signature, and abstract pages. Below there is a button that links to videos to assist you with formatting. You should also review the list of common errors. 

Due to public health concerns, we continue to encourage graduate programs to conduct thesis and dissertation defense meetings via videoconference. 

Order editing, printing and binding (after your defense)

Once you have received final approval from your committee, you are ready to order editing, printing and binding for your manuscript. The University Editor will review your manuscript for adherence to the University Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines. Your degree will not be complete until you receive approval from the Editor and from the Dean of Graduate & Extended Learning.

Select either the Online or In-person order option below and follow the process for completion of an editing and binding order. If you are facing significant economic hardship, email to request a waiver of the editing fee. 

Online order and credit card payment expanding section

Complete the Online Order Form via Qualtrics. Once you have completed the form, you will gain access to the online payment processing page. Please save the receipt sent to you by PayPal.

In-person order and cash or check payment - Thesis or project only expanding section

Download and complete the In-Person Order FormPrint the completed form and pay fees with cash or check at the Cashier's Office, 121 Graff Main Hall. Submit completed form (with a receipt for payment attached) and your signed Signature Page to the Provost's Office, 227 Graff Main Hall.

SAA Ed.D. students who wish to pay in person, please contact

Submit document (after you pay for editing)

1. Once you have made the changes to your thesis or dissertation requested by your committee, ask your advisor to sign your signature page, either in person or digitally. If you print out the signature page, be sure to use archival-quality paper (minimum 20 lb, 25% cotton fiber paper content). Email, drop off, or mail the signature page via campus mail or USPS to: 

UWL Provost's Office
227 Graff Main Hall
1725 State St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Attn: Signature page

2. Email the final, committee-approved draft of your thesis or dissertation (in Word format) to

You will hear back from us within 3 days, with instructions about how to proceed with the editing process. Check your email spam/junk folder if you have not heard from us, and email to follow up if need be. 

3. The editor will review your document for proper formatting. This process typically takes several rounds of revisions.  Failure to carefully follow the Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines will significantly extend the editing timeline and may result in failure to meet completion deadlines. 

4. After the document has been approved by the Editor, it will be reviewed by the Dean of Graduate & Extended Learning. Once signed by the dean, Graduate & Extended Learning will generate a final digital version of the document, including the completed signature page, which will be shared with you and Murphy Library for submission to Minds@UW and ProQuest

5. Graduate & Extended Learning will notify you, your advisor, and college office of final approval via email. Once the college office has received this notification, you will be processed for graduation.