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Dissertation Resources

Writing and filing the doctoral dissertation are the key final steps leading to the award of the PhD.

At the University of Pennsylvania, the student presents the dissertation publicly, defends it, and, with the approval of the dissertation committee, submits the final manuscript for publication.

The University’s publication requirement is satisfied when the dissertation has been submitted online to ProQuest’s ETD Administrator and to the University Library for shelving in the permanent collection. Open Access publication in the institutional repository, Scholarly Commons, is also available at no additional cost.

The University’s requirements for dissertation format and submission are documented in the doctoral dissertation manual available for immediate PDF download below. Follow the instructions carefully and, should further questions arise, consult the Graduation Coordinator of the SAS Graduate Division Office (Suite 322A, 3401 Walnut Street; phone 898-7444; email ).

Dissertation Manual

Graduation Calendar

Online Application for Degree

ETD Administrator

Video instructions for using ETD Administrator

Dissertation Template for U Penn PhD Candidates (except Wharton)

Dissertation Template for Wharton PhD Candidates

Dissertation Template for Wharton PhD Candidates in LaTeX

Research Masters Thesis Style Guide