Thesis/Dissertation Submission

Updated July 8, 2015

Information about the thesis and dissertation submission process can be found by navigating the topics at left.

The Thesis Coordinator is available in the office on Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., PST. He can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (213) 740-9033.

The PhD dissertation represents independent scholarly work that makes an original contribution to knowledge. It is a demonstration that the PhD candidate has achieved sufficient mastery in the field to pursue independent research and scholarship.

A dissertation for a professional doctorate or a master's thesis represents advanced scholarly work in keeping with the standards of the given field.

Continuous Enrollment

When a program requires a dissertation or thesis, registration in dissertation or thesis coursework is required for at least two semesters and provides the necessary continuous enrollment until the thesis or dissertation has been submitted to the Graduate School. The requisite courses are 594 Master's Thesis or 794 Doctoral Dissertation.

Degrees will be awarded for the term in which all requirements have been met, including approval of the final version of the thesis or dissertation and submission of supporting documents bearing authorized signatures.

Documents are processed and manuscripts are read in the order received.

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