Thesis and Dissertation Services

Thesis and Dissertation (TAD) Services is a part of the Graduate College and processes all theses and dissertations for Ohio University graduate students. TAD Services assists students in meeting formatting requirements for publication, by reviewing theses and dissertations and granting final approval, as well as providing instructions for completing the final steps required for publication and graduation.

For many advanced degrees at Ohio University, the master's thesis or doctoral dissertation is a requirement. Nearly the entire TAD process can be completed online. This website houses all of the resources needed to meet Ohio University's publication requirements and complete the final steps before graduation.

Each student writing a thesis or dissertation must complete the TAD Process in order to graduate. The TAD Process Checklist [PDF] provides step-by-step guidance beginning with students sending a TAD Submission Form and thesis or dissertation to

Students completing their degrees through research papers or other capstone projects may not be bound to the deadlines and guidelines on this site. If there are any questions, please verify deadlines and requirements with your department or college. TAD Services is unable to assist students in completing research papers or projects with formatting or technical issues.


Fall Deadlines

  • Graduation Application Deadline: Monday, October 2nd, 2023 - 5 PM EDT
  • Oral Defense Deadline (Dissertation): Friday, October 27th, 2023 - 5 PM EDT
  • Oral Defense Deadline (Thesis): Friday, November 17, 2023 - 5 PM EDT
  • Post-Defense Format Review Deadline (Dissertation): Friday, November 3rd, 2023 - 3 PM EDT
  • Post-Defense Format Review Deadline (Thesis): Monday, November 27th, 2023 - 3 PM EDT
  • Final Clearance Deadline: TAD Process Complete (Dissertation): Friday, November 17th, 2023 - 3 PM EDT
  • Final Clearance Deadline: TAD Process Complete (Thesis): Friday, December 8th, 2023 - 3 PM EDT

Early for Spring Deadlines

  • Graduation Application Deadline: Monday, February 19th, 2024 - 5 PM EDT
  • Oral Defense Deadline:
    Friday, December 22nd, 2023 - 5 PM EDT
  • Post-Defense Format Review Deadline:
    Friday, January 5th, 2024 - 12 Noon EDT
  • Final Clearance Deadline and TAD Process Complete:
    Friday, January 12th, 2024 - 12 Noon EDT

Contact Information

For technical assistance or questions regarding formatting or graduation requirements, email or call 740.597.2770.

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