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!


Carmen Mitchell and Amy Dyess will be offering drop in office hours at the library in Kellogg 3400 on December 3rd, 4th, and 5th from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, and on December 6th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Come by for assistance with ADA formatting or submitting your work to ScholarWorks. 

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

  • The Fall 2018 deadline is December 6th at noon.
  • The Spring 2019 deadline is May 9th at noon.
  • The Summer 2019 deadline is August 8th at noon.
  • The Fall 2019 deadline is December 5th 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. 


ETD Submission Overview Online Workshops This virtual introduction will walk you through the submission guide and explain the necessary steps for submitting your electronic thesis or project to the library. This is a virtual meeting and requires access to a computer AND a reliable internet connection. You will be emailed a link to the meeting 24 hours before the meeting. If fewer than 5 people sign up for a workshop, it will be cancelled. Please RSVP for a workshop, or contact Carmen Mitchell for more information.

Fall 2018 Workshops:

October 17th, 5:30 - 6:30 PM

October 28th, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

November 13th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

November 20th, 6:00-7:00 PM

November 29th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

December 1st, 9:00 - 10:00 AM


You may also choose to watch the 45 minute recording of a previous workshop: 

ETD Workshop Recording 2018

ADA Workshops

These workshops take place online, and you must read all the information regarding ADA formatting BEFORE attending one of the ADA Workshops. This is a virtual meeting and requires access to a computer AND a reliable internet connection. You will be emailed a link to the meeting 24 hours before the meeting. Please email for more information.

ADA Workshops RSVP online.

Fall 2018 - workshops

Tuesday, Sepetember 25th: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Monday, October 8th: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wednesday, October 31st: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, November 5th: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, November 20th: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, November 28th: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Contact Amy Dyess for more information

If you cannot make it to a workshop, you may watch a recording of a previous workshop:

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