How do I submit my thesis for approval?

  1. Once completed, email your final draft to your Research Advisor and Thesis Director by the specified date provided in your thesis letter, along with submitting a copy of this draft to Harvard University's electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) submission system (also known as ETDs @ Harvard).  Note that you will replace this first copy with a final, format approved copy later on. Once you have logged into the ETD system, choose Harvard Extension School from the "select your school" page and the system will guide you through the process. Please contact your Academic Advisor if you encounter any issues with the system.

  2. Approximately a month later, after your Research Advisor has done a thorough format review of your thesis and approved the final copy, upload a PDF of the final document to the ETD system.  Note that it might take several revisions of the thesis to complete the formatting process.

The data and files will be sent to the following systems:

  1. Your work will be preserved and shared using Harvard’s digital repository DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard)
  2. Metadata about your work will be sent to HOLLIS (the Harvard Library catalog)
  3. Your work will be preserved in Harvard Library’s DRS2 (digital preservation repository)

By submitting work through the ETD system at Harvard you will be signing the Harvard Author Agreement, which grants the University a non-exclusive license to preserve, reproduce, and display the work. This license does not constrain your rights to publish your work subsequently.

Note that ETDs @ Harvard supports the possibility of redacting portions of your thesis in special circumstances (i.e. where there is sensitive or potentially harmful material in a thesis such as commercially sensitive information, sensitive personal data, etc.). If your work falls into one of these categories, then you may choose the “I think I need to submit a redacted version of my dissertation” selection on the file upload screen.

If you need to block access to the full text of your dissertation, you have the option to embargo your work for six months, one year, or two years. Your research advisor is the best person to help you determine whether or not you need to embargo your work.

  • Requests are made in the ETDs @Harvard system and must be approved by the Academic Policy Committee.

For more information on Harvard's open access initiatives, we recommend you view the brief introduction by the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication (OSC).

Please email with any questions.