At CSUSM, every Master's degree program is required to include a culminating experience. The form of this experience differs according to degree programs, but all Master's students must satisfactorily complete either a thesis, a project or a comprehensive examination. A finished Master's thesis is a scholarly work that is the product of extensive research and related preparation. 

Electronic theses, projects, and dissertations are also known as ETDs. This guide contains all of the information that you will need to submit your thesis, project, or dissertation. Please be aware that this process may take several days. DO NOT wait until the last minute!

Spring 2020 thesis and project submissions: due to the Coronavirus, the CSUSM library is closed. The thesis and project submission process can all be completed online. Please email Carmen Mitchell if you have questions about the process.



The ETD submission deadlines are always at noon on the last Thursday that classes are scheduled:

  • The Spring 2020 deadline is May 7th at noon.
  • The Summer 2020 deadline is August 6th at noon.
  • The Fall 2020 deadline is December 10th at noon.
  • The Spring 2021 deadline is May 13th at noon.

The library does not have the ability to grant extensions for ETD submission. Please contact your faculty advisor as early as possible if you know that you will not be able to meet the deadline. Your faculty advisor should communicate with your department coordinator, and the department coordinator will request the extension from the Dean of Graduate Studies. If granted, an extension can be anywhere from one day to one week. If you need more than a one week period of time, you will need to enroll for a course the next semester. Please seek guidance from your faculty advisor or department coordinator. 

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