Thesis, Treatise, Dissertation

 All ETD (Electronic Theses, Treatises, and Dissertations) content and information can be found exclusively on the Graduate School Blackboard websites. All ETD content and information can be located in the "Manuscript Clearance" submenu, found on the left-hand side of the screen.

Clearance Deadlines

October 23, 2017

Last day for doctoral students to submit their manuscript for initial format check

November 6, 2017

Last day for master’s students to submit their manuscript for initial format check

November 20, 2017

Last day for all doctoral and master’s students to submit final, defended version of manuscript and all required forms.

December 15, 2017

Last day for all doctoral and master’s students to receive clearance email from the Manuscript Clearance Office

60-Day Deadline: The final, defended, content-approved manuscript and all required forms must be submitted to Manuscript Clearance within 60 calendar days after a successful defense. Students under the 60-day deadline must receive an email from Manuscript Clearance confirming final clearance no later than 7 calendar days after the 60-day deadline. This allows time for additional formatting corrections to be made, if necessary. Weekends and University Holidays are not excluded from any deadline, so please take this into account when planning to meet this deadline. No exceptions will be made for this policy.

Clearance Procedures

Before Your Defense

  • Familiarize yourself with the Manuscript Clearance section of GradSpace , which provides everything necessary for Manuscript Clearance, including the formatting requirements manual, forms and templates. Simply login to BlackBoard by clicking the link above, click on "Course & Orgs" on the top right, select "GradSpace" under the "My Bb Organization Sites" block, and then click the "Manuscript Clearance" menu item in the left-hand column. 
  • Submit your defense announcement to the Graduate School at this website:
  • Submit your manuscript to the Graduate School through the ETD website ( ). The Manuscript Clearance Office prefers to begin reviewing your format prior to your defense, but you are not required to submit it until the semester deadline or within your 60-Day Deadline, whichever is earlier. We understand that your content will likely change after your defense. Waiting to submit to us gives you less time to make changes.

At Your Defense

  • Bring all required forms, as it is much easier to get all required signatures from your committee members at your defense.

After Your Defense

  • Submit your forms to the Graduate School Manuscript Clearance Office in 314 Westcott.
  • Revise your manuscript content and formatting, and submit a revision to your ETD account.
  • Your Manuscript Clearance Advisor will review your revisions and inform you about any additional format changes.
  • Revise the manuscript with those formatting changes and repeat the submission/review process until the manuscript formatting is approved.

Once your formatting is approved and the office has received and approved all of your required forms, you will receive the “fireworks” email stating that you have completed the manuscript clearance process. Your manuscript is not cleared for graduation until you receive that email. Leaving campus or Tallahassee does not waive any of the requirements or deadlines.

In order to submit your manuscript successfully, you must adhere to the formatting rules found in the "Guidelines and Requirements," as well as the deadlines outlined for the semester you plan to graduate.

Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation Workshops

Do you have questions about formatting or submitting your thesis, treatise or dissertation?

Presenters: Pamela Brown, Manuscript Clearance Advisor; Dr. Jeffrey Norcini, Manuscript Clearance Advisor

Do you have questions about the Graduate School’s requirements on formatting, the submission process or being cleared for graduation? This workshop addresses questions of proper formatting, along with helpful tips for formatting properly in Word, and how and when to submit your manuscript. It also addresses issues of copyright, IRB/ACUC approvals and other questions that may arise during the process. This workshop is recommended for all thesis/dissertation/treatise-track students at least one semester prior to intended defense, but is open to all students at any stage in their manuscript process. Students are encouraged to bring their manuscript draft on a laptop or flash drive.

Registration is not required. Does not qualify for PFF, PFP or PIE credit.

Strozier 5A Fall 2017 Workshops

  • September 11, 2017- 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM
  • September 21, 2017- 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM
  • October 3, 2017- 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM
  • October 13, 2017- 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM


Print out the clearance procedures checklist

Click here


All manuscript clearance forms are on this page.

Click here


Please consult with the Manuscript Clearance Advisor, via e-mail  or by phone at (850) 644-0045.