ETD Submission

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How to submit your ETD

  1. Connect to the Internet
  2. Login to ProQuest Submission URL
  3. Fill out the form according to the instructions provided
  4. Preview and make certain all information is correct
  5. Browse and submit your ETD and associated multimedia files
  6. Select "Submit" to submit to the Graduate School
  7. You will see a web page indicating that your ETD arrived and awaits review

Steps in the ETD Submission Process

The ETD Cycle

When you pass your defense...

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ProQuest submission steps

  1. Student goes to the ProQuest Graduate School website
  2. Student chooses "Submit Your Dissertation / Thesis"
  3. Student reads submission guidelines
  4. Student reads PQIL release
  5. Student enters contact information
  6. Student enters thesis metadata (e.g. title, advisor, abstract, etc.)
  7. Student uploads full text
  8. Student chooses whether ProQuest / UMI will file copyright and enters additional data
  9. Student chooses whether to order additional copies of thesis or dissertation (optional)
  10. Student reviews order and enters data. This will show any copyright or publication fees charged
  11. Student reviews uploaded data and may revise if desired
ProQuest Submission and Technical Questions

Requirements for Submitting the ETD

  • The document should appear in PDF format
  • No compression or password protection should be used
  • All fonts must be embedded in the document
  • External / Internal links to multimedia files should be identified in the Abstract
  • Use only acceptable file formats for multimedia files
  • ETD Options: (choose one)
    • Traditional (preferred)
    • Open Access (additional $95 cost in ProQuest) - Students may arrange for their work to be Open Access without a charge through OpenSIUC. (See below.)

Required Paper Documents for ETD

Submit the following documents to the Graduate School:

  • One Approval form
  • One Oral Defense form
  • Survey of Earned Doctorate (for Doctoral students only)
  • Human Subjects Committee Approval form (if required)

Cost: Payable by credit card at the time of submission

  • $25.00 (Library copy)
  • $55.00 for Copyright (Optional)

Submit your ETD in pdf to the Graduate School by the deadline

For Technical Assistance, you may contact ProQuest.

  • ProQuest phone = 1-800-521-0600
  • e-mail =
  • ETDSupport phone = 618-453-4514

Bound Copies

To order bound copies of your thesis / dissertation, please contact the University Bookstore at 618-536-3321.

If you are ordering bound copies from ProQuest, it may take 6 months to a year to receive the copies.


After graduation, your ETD will be forwarded to OpenSIUC and will be available for on-campus viewing. If you would like to make your ETD globally available/Open Access (with no charge to you), reply to the OpenSIUC email that you will receive 4-6 weeks after graduation. For more information, visit

Questions / Concerns

For any questions or concerns regarding ETDs, please contact