Dissertation Format and Guidelines

Dissertations will be deposited into the College’s open access repository, and the entire dissertation (including text, images, and appendices) must be freely and openly available to the public, subject to a requested delay of access (“embargo”) of up to two years.

Dissertations should be written in the normative style of their discipline, and additional protocols for citation and style may be established by the director of the dissertation. The dissertation must include an abstract and a vita page. The dissertation must follow the GSAS formatting requirements, available through the GSAS Student Resource Moodle site.

After the dissertation has been approved by the dissertation director, an electronic version of the complete, correctly formatted dissertation and a separate vita must be provided to GSAS and to members of the Ph.D. Supervising Committee. The deadlines for submitting dissertations for May and December degrees are on the GSAS calendar Students should provide a paper copy of the dissertation for any member of the Supervising Committee who prefers print. The dissertation director needs to provide the other members of the Ph.D. Supervising Committee and the GSAS office with a confidential letter, addressed to the other members of the Ph.D. Supervising Committee and recommending the dissertation's acceptance.

After passing the Final Oral Examination (defense of the dissertation), the student must produce a final version of the dissertation that incorporates all corrections and stylistic revisions required by the Supervising Committee.

Before the date specified in the calendar as "Deadline for deposit of final versions of all dissertations" the student must:

  • Submit a copy of the dissertation for final review to the dissertation director.
  • Submit a copy of the dissertation for final review of GSAS formatting rules to LITS (email Camilla MacKay, cmackay@brynmawr.edu).

On or before the deadline for final submission, and after approval by the dissertation director and LITS, the student must:

  • Submit the Certification of Final Version of Dissertation [pdf] form to the GSAS office. This form must be signed by the author and by the dissertation director.
  • Email the final version to LITS at repository@brynmawr.edu for inclusion in the College's open access repository. Include in your email whether you are requesting that the dissertation be made openly accessible immediately or with a one-year or a two-year embargo. If you choose to embargo your dissertation, indicate whether you will allow individual non-Bryn Mawr researchers to gain access to your dissertation upon request to LITS.
  • Create an online account with ProQuest and upload your complete and final dissertation. You may choose to embargo your dissertation from publication to the ProQuest dissertations database for up to two years.
  • Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates