The Joint Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is offered through a partnership of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and University of California, San Diego (UCSD).You have successfully defended your dissertation, and are ready to submit the PDF to the library. To submit an electronic dissertation, follow the steps listed here. If you have questions regarding the process, or you do not understand the steps, please contact the Scholarly Communication Librarian. Dissertations are accepted by CSUSM on a rolling basis.

When writing your dissertation, PLEASE NOTE that the version you deposit with CSUSM must be made accessible. What does "accessible" mean? This means MORE people can possibly access and reference your paper online. If you still have any questions PLEASE watch this short  video on ADA issues. More information about making your file ADA compliant, including how to get assistance, is available on the "Making your File Accessible" tab. 

Due to the CORVID-19 pandemic in person meetings are not available please contact Carmen Mitchell for assistance and options during this time. 

Step 1: After your final meeting with Sara Micelli, make an appointment with Carmen Mitchell.

Make sure to bring your “Report of the Completion of the Doctoral Project and Recommendation for the Degree of Doctor of Education" form with you to this appointment. When your dissertation has been accepted, the form will be signed by the Scholarly Communications Librarian then forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Studies for his signature. Once it has been signed by the Dean of Graduate Studies, CSUSM will email you a copy, and mail your signed form back to UCSD.

Step 2: Put your ADA-compliant dissertation on a thumb drive. When you save the file, the name of the saved document name must use the following format:    

Last nameFirst name_TermYear  For example: DoeJohn_Summer2019.pdf. 

You will need to bring the drive with you to your meeting with Carmen Mitchell. If you have supplementary files that you would like to submit along with your dissertation, you may do so. For text files, they must be submitted as accessible PDFs. For other types of files, please contact the Scholarly Communication Librarian. 

Step 3: Pay the fee.

During the COVID-19 pandemic you must pay the $25 fee online. 

  1. Paying online:  This method is required during the COVID-19 pandemic. To pay online, you may use an electronic check. This method is free. Or you may pay using a credit card. If you use a credit card, a convenience fee of 2.75 % will apply if you use a credit card. MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Visa are all accepted. You will receive a receipt by email for your online payment. Please make sure to save a copy for the library.

Step 4: Not Currently Available. Gather your file, your receipt, and meet with Carmen Mitchell.

At your in-person meeting with Carmen, she will take your dissertation files, a copy of the receipt from the Cashier's Office, and will sign your "Report of the Completion of the Doctoral Project and Recommendation for the Degree of Doctor of Education" form. You will need to sign a Student Agreement form that gives CSUSM the permission to place your dissertation into the Institutional Repository

If you have further questions, please contact Carmen Mitchell.

Publication and Availability

After your uploaded document is verified, it is made public through CSUSM ScholarWorks approximately two weeks after the end of the semester. Your document will be publicly accessible to anyone on the web. A link to the document will be available through the library’s online card catalog (see section below for redactions or restrictions).  The CSUSM Library will not retain paper copies of your dissertation.

Author Rights

Students retain all rights to their work.  However, students must also grant a non-exclusive license to the university at the time of submission. The license confirms that the student is the creator and contributor of the work and grants the university permission to share the work in an open-access digital environment for educational purposes.

Students and any co-authors retain all intellectual property rights for the dissertation. Students submitting materials for which they do not own copyrights, must certify that they have obtained permission from the copyright owner before making materials available online.

Students also give the university permission to make their work available to all users and to adapt it to accessible formats per American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requirements. Requests for use of the work for purposes other than education will be referred back to the copyright holder.

Binding Options

Students who wish to purchase a paper copy of their dissertation for personal use can contact binding vendors directly. Some students use The Library does not require bound copies.