Thesis & Dissertation Submission

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Marine Science

Arts & Sciences, the School of Education, and School of Marine Science require electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) submissions and W&M Libraries no longer require students to submit print copies of them for the archives and circulating collection. Instead, the electronic theses and dissertations are archived and made accessible in our Institutional Repository (IR), W&M ScholarWorks.

Please refer to the individual schools for information about submitting your thesis or dissertation electronically:


Undergraduate Honors Theses

Since Spring 2014, electronic copies of honors theses have been submitted to W&M Libraries' online scholarship repository, W&M ScholarWorks.  W&M Libraries no longer accepts paper copies of honors theses. All Honors students are required to upload the final version of their thesis to W&M ScholarWorks. You may also consult the Guidelines and Planning documents for the honors program.

Documents to include with Honors submission:

  • Final version of your thesis  in PDF format; and
  • Cover sheets, which need to be signed and include the names of all committee members

Instructions for submission: Read more on Submission Guidelines for Undergraduate Honors Theses.

Embargoes, copyright and Creative Commons licenses:

  • Embargoes are set periods through which the full-text for a publication is not open access (freely available online). Varying embargoes are available for theses and dissertations. See guidelines through links to doctoral, masters and honors programs on this page.
  • Copyright is your ownership of your creations, including dissertations and theses
  • Creative Commons licenses are ways to control how your copyrighted work may be used.

For help with embargoes, copyright and Creative Commons licenses, contact W&M Libraries staff at


Print Copies of Theses or Dissertations

Personal Copies

W&M Libraries does not bind personal copies of theses or dissertations. Students will have the option to order bound copies when submitting their final draft to the William & Mary ETD Administrator website.  If they choose not to order a bound copy at the time of submission, it is their responsibility to find an outside vendor for a personal copy bound later.  Online vendors like Lulu or local companies like Long's Roullet Bookbinders, Inc provide many printing options. 

Departmental Copies

W&M Libraries does not provide departmental copies or copies for branch/departmental libraries, as we provide free online access via  W&M ScholarWorks.  Departments interested in bound copies may purchase titles directly from ProQuest or use the variety of options listed under personal copies (above). W&M Libraries takes no responsibility for the use of these services.  Those who elect to have a bound copy made do so at their own discretion.