Graduate Thesis, Project, and Dissertation Guidelines

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Office of Graduate Studies & Graduate Resource Center

Library North A124

Phone (323) 343-3822 |

These pages provide all the necessary resources for preparing and submitting the master's thesis, report of master's project, or doctoral dissertation to the University. It includes information about deadlines, style and format regulations, procedures for the review and approval of documents, steps for electronic submission, dates and registration information for workshops, and more. 

It is strongly recommended that all students and faculty advisors engaged in the preparation of a master's thesis, master's project, or doctoral dissertation become thoroughly familiar with the contents of these guidelines before preparing the document. 

Electronic theses, projects, and dissertations (ETD) are made available online to the campus community. Candidates will submit their ETDs online in Portable Document Format (PDF), utilizing the ProQuest ETD Administrator. Submitted ETDs are maintained in the Cal State LA Library Digital Repository.

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SPRING 2018 DEADLINES (Master's)

Please see the Deadlines page for a full description of these and doctoral deadlines and procedures.

Actions Deadline
Priority deadline for preliminary review

April 27, 2018

12 noon

Deadline to upload complete draft of thesis/dissertation for official review

May 4, 2018

12 noon

Deadline to submit GS-13 form

May 18, 2018

12 noon

Candidate will receive notification of acceptance by May 25.

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