Thesis and Dissertation Information

Please be sure to review our graduation policies and application deadline information.

Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines & Formatting Requirements

Once you have finished reading the guidelines and formatting requirements, you will then need to ensure that your final document (thesis or dissertation) is formatted first according to your discipline’s preferred style guide, and then you must be sure that your document (thesis or dissertation) conforms to the UNLV formatting requirements outlined in this document. Both you and your committee must review and approve your document style and formatting prior to submitting your final document to the Graduate College for the final format check.

Please note that formatting guidelines do change, so please do not use theses or dissertations that were submitted and approved previously as templates from which you model your own work.

The Graduate College uses a Thesis and Dissertation Checklist to approve each document. We suggest you download and use this checklist when reviewing your document prior to submission.

Thesis and Dissertation Submission Process

Please be sure to review this document carefully; it contains a tremendous amount of information & a step–by–step guide to explain the T/D submission process. If you have questions, please contact the Graduate College.

Thesis ⁄ Dissertation Format Review Form

Before completing this form, please be sure to do the following:

  1. Review the Guidelines & Formatting Requirements document and prepare your thesis or dissertation in accordance with the requirements;
  2. Read the Thesis/Dissertation Submission Process document;
  3. Successfully defend your thesis or dissertation and have your signed Culminating Experience Results form and your Signature Page ready to be submitted;
  4. Print your final, approved, and properly formatted thesis or dissertation on watermarked bond paper and place it with your Culminating Experience Results form and your Signature Page in a sealed envelope (or two, rubber-banded together, if your document is too large).
  5. Print & complete the Thesis/Dissertation Format Review Form. Once you do so, please submit it to the UNLV Graduate College with your document and forms in an envelope, and with your name and NSHE ID on the outside. Please see sample thesis/dissertation format review form.
  6. We will then complete your format review and email you with information about the final steps of the submission process.

PLEASE NOTE: The entire thesis/dissertation submission process must be completed and approved before your degree may be conferred.

Some students may have a compelling reason to embargo their thesis or dissertation for a period of time to protect intellectual property rights or due to other publication restrictions. The UNLV Embargo Policy and Embargo Request Form are available here for your reference.

Common reasons for embargos include but are not limited to publishing conflicts, patent applications, and funding contracts. Embargos are available for 6 months, 1 year, 2 years or 3 years at a time and must be renewed. For faster processing, embargo forms should be included with culminating experience and defense approval forms. If you have questions regarding the embargo process, please contact Megan Wilson at

Dissertations & Theses @ University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Browse and download free PDF copies of University of Nevada, Las Vegas dissertations & theses.

Dissertations & Theses @ University of Nevada, Las Vegas (off campus)
If accessing this site away from campus, you'll be asked for your Rebel ID barcode number and password (last 4 digits of phone #).

Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Forms
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UNLV Libraries
Refer to this site for a list of style guide links.

UNLV e-theses and e-dissertations (ETDs)
Open access to e-theses and e-dissertations (ETDs) benefit graduate students, as research can be shared with prospective or current employers, a valuable career tool. Open access makes research accessible to a global audience and has potential for increased use and higher impact to your work. Students can incorporate interactive features such as multimedia, hyperlinks, and supplemental files by using various forms of creative scholarship. Any questions, please contact: Marianne Buehler, Urban Sustainability Librarian: or 702–895–2248.

Fair Use and Copyrighting Your Work
Refer to these sites for all of your copyright and fair use questions.

Thesis and Dissertation Office Hours

Every Thursday from 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. in the GPSA Lounge, Lied Library (2nd Floor) & Online Mondays from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. via Google Chat using

For more information, please contact Megan Wilson at 702-895-2747 or

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