Be sure you have prepared and formatted your document properly before you submit.
Make sure your thesis or dissertation conforms to the formatting requirements or you will be asked to make changes and resubmit.
Spring 2021 Deadlines & Commencement
February 15: Graduation Application Deadline
April 3: Format Check Deadline
April 8: Defense Deadline
April 18: Final Submission Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
May 7: Commencement Exercises, Details TBA
May 8: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, 1 p.m., Details TBA
Summer 2021 Deadlines & Commencement
July 10: Format Check Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
July 15: Defense Deadline
July 19: Graduation Application Deadline
July 25: Final Submission Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
August 15: Summer Graduation (no ceremony)
Fall 2021 Deadlines & Commencement
November 8: Format Check Deadline
November 13: Defense Deadline
November 23: Final Submission Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation
December 13: Commencement Exercises, Details TBA
December 13: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, Details TBA
What is the Final Submission Deadline?
On or before this date, you must submit a finalized document that conforms to all formatting requirements.
We require consistency in form and appearance for all thesis and dissertation documents.
Submitting Your Thesis or Dissertation Document
Try to submit your document early. That way, you will have more time to make any necessary changes that come out of your format check.
Ensure your document conforms to our formatting requirements.
You will submit your thesis or dissertation through ETD Administrator.
Instructions for Submitting
Once you get to the ETD Administrator site, click the box that says "Sign up and get started today!" You will create an account (separate from your USC accounts) and complete the steps to submit your document.
3. Make Any Necessary Formatting Changes
We will review your document for format compliance and notify you of any necessary changes via the email address you entered to create your ETD Administrator account. It may be several days before you hear back from us.
If you need to make changes to your formatting, do so. After you have made the required revisions, log in to ETD Administrator and submit your new version. Do not create a new account.
Once logged in to your ETD Administrator account, click "View/revise existing submission."
5. Wait for Acceptance
You will either be notified that you have passed the format check or that you need to submit another round of revisions. Once you have passed the format check, your thesis or dissertation is accepted and there is no need to submit again.
Delayed Release or Embargo
Students can elect to delay the dissemination of their manuscripts with what is commonly referred to as an embargo.
How to Request an Embargo
Indicate your desired embargo length when you submit your thesis. This prevents the full-text version of your work from being available in the UMI/ProQuest database until your embargo period is over.
USC Scholar Commons Embargo
Indicate your desired embargo length on your required signature form and attach a justification memo or letter signed by both your major advisor and program graduate director.
An Embargo May Be Appropriate if Your Scholarship is...
- Creative Work
- Intellectual Property with Commercial Potential
- Politically Sensitive Material
How Long An Embargo Lasts
You can typically choose one of three options: 6 months, 1 year or 2 years.
Where Theses and Dissertations Are Stored:
Accessing Your Published Thesis or Dissertation
Users with a valid USC ID can access full-text PDF versions of USC theses and dissertations through this portal. Full-text access will be restricted if you are not using the portal through this USC library link.