Electronic Thesis & Dissertation (ETD) Guidelines

An ETD is an electronic version of a thesis or dissertation. Master’s students who complete a thesis and all PhD and EdD students must electronically submit their final thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School via the ETD Administrator website.

Reminders for Operating Remotely

  • Your dissertation or thesis defense taking place this summer should be conducted remotely by being available to relevant students and faculty via an online meeting tool such as WebEx, Zoom or Skype.
  • The M-form is fillable, accepts electronic signatures and should be emailed to the Graduate School at grad@buffalo.edu. M-forms with original signatures can be photographed and emailed; or if need be, along with the M-form, committee members can email their approval to grad@buffalo.edu from their UB email account.

Using the ETD Template

The ETD Template can be used to help format your document and should be used with Microsoft word. All UB students may download Microsoft office at no charge from the UBIT software page.

Before proceeding with this template, be sure to set the heading styles according to your specific style manual. You should delete the comments as you move throughout the template.

If you are unable to access the ETD Template, please contact us by phone at 716-645-2939, by email at mdishman@buffalo.edu or on the North Campus in 408 Capen Hall.

Ready to submit your ETD?

When you are ready, Visit the ETD Administrator website to begin the ETD Process.

Deadlines and Required Documents

For degree conferral on:
Feb. 1, 2021 June 1, 2021 Aug. 31, 2021
Submit ETD by:
Jan. 15, 2021 May 14, 2021 Aug. 13, 2021

In addition to the formal submission of your thesis or dissertation, the following documents must be submitted to the Graduate School for graduation:

Required Format for Electronic Thesis & Dissertation

Public Access and Embargo Information

Per UB's Public Access of Theses and Dissertations policy, after your degree is awarded, your thesis or dissertation will be delivered to and available in perpetuity through the UB Institutional Repository (UBIR) and to ProQuest, where your document will be microfilmed, indexed and stored in ProQuest’s dissertations and theses database, the world’s largest recognized repository of graduate student research. When you submit your thesis or dissertation as a requirement for conferral of your degree, you are granting a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free perpetual license to the University at Buffalo, as set forth in the Public Access Agreement, which you will sign during the ETD submission process.

If you wish to delay the release of your thesis or dissertation because it contains proprietary data or has patents pending, you must submit an Request for Embargo (Delayed Release) of Thesis or Dissertation to the Graduate School at the time of your ETD submission. Please review the Graduate School's Embargo (Delayed Release) of Thesis and Dissertation policy for more information.

Fee and Publishing Information

Questions? Contact Megan Dishman (mdishman@buffalo.edu).