The thesis or dissertation culminates an important stage of your gradaute career. In preparing and defending this document, you prove that you have acquired essential skills of research or scholarship as well as the ability to effectively communicate the results of your inquiry to the academic community.
An electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) is an electronic document that is similar to the hard copy thesis. The electronic formatting may be similar but provides: more access to research, less expense to authors and libraries, better presentation of research, and environmental sustainability. The thesis/dissertation committee and the SMS Office of Academic Studies will be the responsible parties for determining what is acceptable for your thesis.
Electronic thesis and dissertation submission through ProQuest is now required for School of Marine Science graduation candidates. All completed theses and dissertations (prior to August 2016) are available for inspection in Hargis Library.