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The Deposit Process

Please refer to the Thesis Deposit Checklist for steps you must take to properly deposit your Thesis/Dissertation.



[1] Schedule Your Appointment

  • Click here to schedule an online appointment. Please, carefully review your Appointment Confirmation email.

  • We recommend scheduling your appointment as far in advance as possible, especially if you are planning to deposit during the week before the deadline, as 60% of all deposit appointments are scheduled for the 10 days leading up to the deadline.


[2] Initiate Electronic Thesis Acceptance Form [ETAF]

Students do not need any paper copies of thesis forms if they initiate the ETAF. The Electronic Thesis Acceptance Form REPLACES GS Forms 9, 32, 15, and 36.

In addition to ETAF, Master's candidates will need to complete the Graduate School Exit Questionnaire and Doctoral candidates will need to complete the Graduate School Exit Questionnaire and the Survey of Earned Doctorates. Certificates of Completion will automatically be sent to the Thesis|Dissertation Office. Be sure to save a copy of the certificate for your personal records. Click here for ETAF initation instructions.


[3] Submit Electronic Thesis Deposit

    •  Once your ETAF has been approved through the 'Thesis Form Head', a link will appear in your Plan of Study portal containing ProQuest upload instructions. Provide all requested information. Carefully read all items, as some of ProQuest’s optional services have fees attached.

    • Check your thesis carefully to avoid formatting errors.

[4] Check Your Email

For requested formatting changes or approval email by the Thesis|Dissertation Staff.


[5] Be Available for Communication During your Online Deposit Appointment

If we have questions for you we will simply email you.

What to complete for your deposit appointment:

Master’s Candidates
  • ETAF
  • Graduate School Exit Questionnaire
  • Accepted thesis deposit through ProQuest.
Doctoral Candidates

What to Expect:

We will process your ETAF during your appointment time and will send you a Deposit Receipt. This will be sent to you and your department. 


[6] Pay the Deposit Fee

Master’s Thesis Fee $90.00
Ph.D. Dissertation Fee $125.00

  • West Lafayette Campus
    • West Lafayette candidates will pay the deposit fee through their myPurdue accounts. The thesis fee will appear in a candidate’s student account 2-3 days after their thesis deposit appointment.

  • Regional Campuses
    • Calumet and Fort Wayne candidates will pay their fees to their local bursars as part of the clearance process by their regional campus format advisors.

  • IUPUI candidates will receive a paper bill following their successful deposit.

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