UDTS is here to help you create, complete, and submit your thesis or dissertation to us. To do so, we offer a variety of resources that will assist you in formatting your document.
Forms and Documents
University Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines
These Guides and Instructions are excellent resources to use when creating your thesis or dissertation. They clearly outline the university's requirements for the creation of documents by Mason students.
If you are using Word, but you do not wish to use the Interactive Template (see below), we recommend that you use these guides to format your document correctly:
Although we have suspended all in-person appointments through December 22, 2020, we are still available to assist you if you have questions about or need assistance with the Word template. Please email us, and we will schedule a time to meet virtually (via Skype, Webex, Zoom, or otherwise).
Instructions for Mac
Instructions for PC.
We offer the following LaTeX templates as a courtesy. We are not LaTeX experts, and no one currently working in or affiliated with University Libraries created these templates. Furthermore, no one in UDTS or the library can manipulate the LaTeX code. If you choose to create your thesis or dissertation using LaTeX, we can check the final product, in its PDF form, but we cannot manipulate the code at all. You will need to find someone in your school/college/program to assist you with LaTeX, because we cannot.
When you are ready to submit the final version of your thesis or dissertation, there is certain paperwork you will need to complete and turn in as well.
All Master's and Doctoral students writing theses and dissertations must turn in completed, signed copies of the following forms to our office on or by the Final Submission deadline in order to graduate within their intended semester of graduation:
Please note: Even if you choose not to delay the availability of your final document in MARS through an embargo, you still have to complete, sign, and submit an Embargo Request Form. If you choose to delay your work's availability in MARS, you will need to collect the signatures of your Committee Chair and the Graduate Associate Dean of your college/school on the ERF. If you do not choose to delay (embargo) your work's availability in MARS, you do not need to collect their signatures. Some Mason units require immediate availability of all student dissertations and do not permit embargo of any length under any circumstances. Please check with your academic program before submitting an embargo request.
In addition to completing, signing, and turning in all the forms listed above, Doctoral students are also required to complete the following steps:
- Complete and submit the Survey of Earned Doctorates.
- Submit their dissertations to ProQuest via the Administrator.
We have suspended all in-person meetings through December 22, 2020. However, we are still able to meet virtually/online if you need assistance with the Word template, and we are still accepting Final Submission materials. Please email us, and we will assist you.
Our office is located on the Fairfax campus, in 2005 Fenwick Library. You can view our upcoming availability at the Fairfax campus and make an appointment through LibCal.
If you have questions about U.S. Copyright Law (including fair and legal use of quotes, graphics, and photos, and your own rights as a creator of a thesis or dissertation), please contact the Mason Publishing Office of University Libraries.
The Registrar at George Mason University is an excellent resource for many of your questions. You can access information about the following:
This resource is especially important, because you need to be aware of Final Submission deadlines for each semester. Here are some upcoming Final Submission deadlines:
Fall 2020: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4
Spring 2021: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30
Summer 2021: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 30
Turning in your thesis, dissertation, or project to UDTS is just one element of the entire process you must complete in order to graduate. There are other steps, specific to each department, college and school, and specific to George Mason, that you must complete as well. Contact the Registrar's Graduation Services department with further questions.
If you have any questions or need any further information about classes, fee payment, tuition, and admission, the University Catalog is an excellent resource.
Please review the rules governing Special Registration. University Dissertation & Thesis Services is not authorized to grant extensions for the final submission of theses and dissertations--that decision is ultimately up to your department, and to the Registrar.
The Special Registration deadline for Spring 2021 is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15
Under Special Registration, you will still have to fulfill all University requirements in order to graduate. Your thesis or dissertation still has to go through a format review; you still have to have a submission consultation; and you still have to turn in your final document, along with all necessary paperwork, by the above date.