Doctoral Dissertation Handbook

Please follow this link to the SJU Doctoral Dissertation Handbook, which contains all the updated forms necessary for PhD students as they progress through the program.

Note that this page, and the School Forms page, are frequently updated on the website. These pages contain travel pre-approval forms, GR Division calendars, transfer credit forms, INC and program extension forms, and other important items.

A few FAQs from the Dean’s office regarding dissertations:

  • Almost all SJC dissertations are sent to ProQuest and available to be downloaded as a pdf. The Doctoral Handbook has examples by discipline, which can be used by students as a template.
  • Please note that the Library and SJU do not copy edit dissertations. All copy-editing must be done by students and committees.
  • Please be sure to complete all forms in the correct order and submit them to the Dean’s office as indicated in the Handbook.

Please not that if your dissertation is not accepted by the Library by the official deadline, graduation will be delayed and you will have to reigster for Maintaining Matriculation the following semester. Continuous enrollment is required to receive your degree.

For questions, please email or contact the English DGS, Dr, Amy King (