College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences
The University of Houston
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
Thesis and Dissertation
Submitting the Manuscript to the Dean's Office
Once a thesis or dissertation has been defended and approved by a faculty committee, the final version of the manuscript must be submitted to the Dean’s Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The thesis/dissertation committee certifies that the manuscript is approved as to style and content, but the Dean’s Office has final authority in the acceptance of the manuscript. The manuscript must be grammatically correct, reflect clear communication ability, and follow precisely the standards presented in this document and in the specific style manual adopted by the student’s program of study. Errors and omissions in the final version of the manuscript package may delay the student’s graduation. The student should work closely with his or her primary thesis/dissertation advisor on issues of format and style.
A review copy of the manuscript must be submitted to the Office of the Dean in Agnes Arnold Hall room 402 no later than the deadline listed; it is typically two weeks prior to the conclusion of the semester. A manuscript review and submission appointment is required to be made before the deadline. Contact Anna Marchese at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Thesis and Dissertation Deadlines
Spring 2013: Friday, April 26th
Summer 2013: Friday, August 2nd
Tips for Successful Submission
- Consult with your advisor/committee about the progress of your work, formatting, and content issues early in the semester so you may apply for an extension if necessary.
- Understand that the student has the responsibility to fill out all forms, obtain proper signatures, make a submission appointment, submit a complete, accurate, and successfully defended manuscript package, have three (3) manuscript copies bound and delivered to the Dean’s office, submit the bindery delivery receipt to the Dean’s office, request signature pages from the Dean’s office, and submit any necessary corrections.
- Remember that any errors, omissions or discrepancies may delay your graduation. Pay attention to details and be active in the pursuit of timeliness and accuracy.
- Estimate the out of pocket costs necessary to submit, microfilm, and/or copyright your manuscript so you will be prepared.
- Physical Appearance. Margins of 1.25”-1.50” on the left side of the sheet and 1 inch on the other three sides.
- All figures or illustrations must be captioned. The same style of type and consistent spacing must be used throughout the thesis. There is no fixed style for references, equations, figures, and tables. Whatever style is adopted should be used consistently.
- A consistent form of referencing should be used throughout the thesis. Most professional societies in specific fields of the major department has a preferred style which should be used. Common styles include APA, MLA and Chicago Manual of Style.
- The thesis should be double-spaced.
- The type size should be 10–12 point.