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Electronic Dissertations and Theses Submission: Submission Instructions

A guide describing how to submit your theses or dissertation at SEBTS

Where do I submit my dissertation or thesis?

Students can submit their dissertation, thesis, or project at

When you visit the site to get started, you must create an account. [[LOGIN]]

What do I need to get started?

  • A PDF copy of your dissertation/thesis in a single file (see instructions below for more information)
  • A text copy of your abstract  
  • Your advisor's name
  • Subject Categories - 1 - 3 that best describe your dissertation/thesis' subject area. (Subject Category list PDF file)

How do I convert my dissertation to PDF?

There are a couple of different methods for reliably converting a document to PDF. Which scenario will work best for you largely depends upon how you composed your document and what types of content are in it.

Convert upon upload

If your manuscript is in Word or RTF format, Proquest can convert it to a PDF when you upload it through the ETD submission site. While this is one of the simplest methods for converting to PDF, there are a couple of caveats to using it. 

  • Your manuscript must be in a single file.
  • It's not the recommended method for converting to PDF if you used non-latin characters (ie. Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic) in your dissertation.
  1. To convert upon upload, once you're logged into your Proquest account,
  2. Click on PDF in the left sidebar.
  3. Click on upload file
  4. Wait for the file to upload 
  5. Then wait a little longer for it to convert. 
  6. Finally, check the PDF to make sure it appears just as you want it. If it doesn't, you might try converting with one of our other methods.


Convert with Microsoft Word

If your entire dissertation is in one .doc or .docx file, you can use Microsoft Word to convert it to a PDF. Both the Windows and Mac versions of Microsoft Word offer PDF as an option under "Save As." 

How do I upload my dissertation?

If you used Microsoft Word rather than Convert upon Upload, you will now need to upload your dissertation to the ETDAdmin site. After logging in to the site, you will supply information on a series of pages that will culminate in your submitting your dissertation and purchasing any copies you desire. These pages will ask for input regarding your contact information, your dissertation, and billing information. Use the sidebar at the left to determine which page you are on at any given time.

While most of these pages are straightforward, a few sections may ask for decisions on issues that you've never considered. On our FAQ page, we provide answers to a number of these questions. If you have any questions not answered in the FAQ page, please feel free to email your question to Brooklyn Mazza.

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