Submission Methods


Once you’ve finalized your thesis, your instructions for submission vary depending on whether your degree is conferred through IU or Purdue.

Pay careful attention to the deadlines for each of these steps.

IU Thesis Submission

Complete the steps below to submit your thesis.

  • Step 1: Receive Faculty Approval

    Once your thesis is complete, you must have it approved by at least three members of the faculty, usually the professors who have directed your research and writing.

    Have the approving faculty members sign your acceptance page, which is required section of your thesis. Learn more about required sections »

  • Step 2: Schedule a Format Check

    Once you are ready to begin the submission process, contact the IU Graduate School recorder in the Graduate Office at IUPUI to schedule a format check. Bring the following to the format check:

    • The unbound thesis on regular paper
    • Original signed acceptance page

    Learn what sections to include and how to format »

  • Step 3: Have Your Thesis Bound

    Once the format is approved, upload the approved document to IUPUI ScholarWorks. After the submission is approved, have your thesis bound. The University Graduate School recommends the following local bindery; however, you are not limited to this business. You may use any bindery that uses the oversewn method.

    National Library Binding Co.

    55 S. State Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN 46201
    (317) 636-5606

    Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Visit their website »

  • Step 4: Schedule an Appointment to Turn in Your Thesis

    Contact the IU Graduate School at IUPUI to schedule an appointment to turn in your bound materials.

    Bring one bound copy of your dissertation to this appointment:
    Learn about binding and paper requirements »

Purdue Thesis Submission

The Graduate School at Purdue University details submission options for theses at its website.