Submitting Your Thesis for Approval

After your Thesis Director has approved the content of your thesis, make any changes requested by your Thesis Director or Research Advisor, and send a PDF of your current version to your Research Advisor for format review.

Format review is the final stage of the editing process.

  • In addition to checking page margins, page numbers and other formatting details, your Research Advisor will review the whole document, looking for errors in front matter, references and other supporting material
  • You should plan to correct any errors found in this process, and to resubmit the thesis to your Research Advisor for further review    

When your thesis has passed format review, you may upload it to Harvard University's Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) submission system.

  • Visit Harvard University's Electronic Thesis and Dissertation portal
  • Click the Start your Submission button
  • You will be prompted to login using your Harvard University ID and PIN

The next 5 steps should take about 10 minutes to complete:

1) Verify your personal information and add your degree and field details

2) Sign Harvard's Licensing Agreement

3) Submit details of your document, including an abstract and keywords; submit the names of your Research Advisor and Thesis Director

4) Upload your document as one PDF

5) Confirm and submit

Once approved by your Research Advisor, your document will go live and all data will be sent to the following places:

  • DASH - Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard
  • HOLLIS - unified search for most Harvard resources
  • DRS2 - Harvard Library's digital preservation repository

As required by Harvard, one library-quality bound copy of your thesis will be automatically printed and sent to the University Archives.

  • The charge for this service is included in your tuition, so there is no out-of-pocket expense for you, and no further steps for you to take