Submitting Your Thesis for Approval

Once the thesis is complete and ready for final review, you upload a PDF version of your completed thesis project to your thesis director and on to your degree candidate portal.

Once submitted, your research advisor and thesis director will review the document and offer final edit suggestions. Both your thesis director and the research advisor need to sign off on the thesis. All thesis submissions must adhere to mandatory thesis formatting and final sign off by the research advisor; it is a requirement for the degree.

Late-term revisions by your thesis director or research advisor may be necessary to ensure high academic standards, which may postpone your graduation. The focus must be on the quality of the product, not the graduation date.

Once final—required grade earned and all edits complete--you upload your thesis to Harvard University’s electronic thesis and dissertation submission system (ETDs). The thesis project will be sent to several downstream systems:

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

By submitting work through ETDs @ 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. You retain all intellectual property rights. Please review the Harvard Author Agreement for full information.