Thesis & Dissertation Submission

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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

Since 2016, Arts & Sciences, the School of Education, and School of Marine Science have requested electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) submissions and W&M Libraries no longer require A&S, SOE, and SMS students to submit print copies of their theses and dissertations 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 fall-spring Honors students are required to upload the final version of their thesis to W&M ScholarWorks.

Documents to include with Honors submission:

  • Final version of your thesis, including the cover sheet, in PDF format; and
  • Cover sheets should be signed and have the names of all committee members.

See full instructions and submit your thesis here.


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

Since the move to electronic theses and dissertations, W&M Libraries no longer provides 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.