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Several graduate programs at UWL offer students the option of conducting a thesis research project. Master's theses are filed in Murphy Library and made available online, so they are accessible to researchers worldwide.

Any thesis or culminating project that will be archived in Murphy Library must adhere specific guidelines, outlined in this section. Other seminar papers or capstone projects are not required to follow the guidelines.  

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Procedural Information and Forms

Thesis Formatting

The UW-La Crosse Graduate Council has established formatting guidelines for theses completed by graduate students. It is the student's responsibility to review the University Thesis Guidelines and follow them carefully. Theses will be reviewed for format and must meet these guidelines before they are approved.

Boiler plate forms are available to aid initial document formatting:

Thesis Completion Process

Please note:

The information below is an overview - see the Thesis Completion Checklist for more detailed information and important requirements.


  1. Make any corrections requested by your committee members.
  2. Print Signature Form on high-quality paper and have committee members sign it.


  1. Submit thesis and Thesis Editor Communication Record form to Graduate Studies Office (223 Graff Main Hall). 
  2. The Thesis Editor will proofread your thesis to make sure that it matches the University Thesis Guidelines. Several rounds of revisions are typically necessary. This process often takes several weeks, so please plan accordingly.
  3. Once the Thesis Editor indicates that your thesis meets the University Guidelines, the Graduate Studies Director will review your thesis and sign the Signature Form, if it is approved. At this point your degree will be processed for completion. 


  1. Each student must have one copy  bound for Murphy Library. A student may request additional copies as required by his/her department or for personal use.  
  2. Prepare the desired number of copies of your thesis for binding. Complete the Bindery Form and pay for binding at the Cashiers office.
  3. Submit thesis copies and Bindery Form to Graduate Studies Office.
  4. Email an electronic copy of your thesis to Murphy Library