Dissertation/Thesis Instructions

Students completing their degree with a Dissertation or an MS Thesis must adhere to the deadlines below for final MS Thesis/Dissertation submission to the Graduate School of Engineering for the intended date of degree conferral. Northeastern University requires that students publish their Dissertation or Thesis with Proquest Dissertation Publishing. Whereas students previously completed this task by submitting a hard copy of the Dissertation or Thesis to Snell Library, you must now self-publish using the Northeastern University Proquest/ETD Administrator Site.

Please click the link for the Guidelines below.

Due to COVID-19, the Graduate School of Engineering is not currently requiring students to submit a physical hard copy document of their PhD Dissertation of MS Thesis to our office.

Students should initiate the submission process only after they have successfully defended the PhD Dissertation or MS Thesis and made all necessary changes as deemed by the Committee members.  Once complete, students can begin obtaining Committee and Graduate School of Engineering signatures by using one of the “initiate you signature page” links below.  Students will be notified by the Graduate School of Engineering once all signatures have been gathered and when to submit an electronic copy of their PhD Dissertation or MS Thesis to Proquest.

If there are any questions about this process, please email coe-gradadvising@northeastern.edu and your advisor can assist.

Initiate Your Thesis Signature Page

Initiate Your Dissertation Signature Page


Dissertation/Thesis Deadlines

  • December 14, 2020: Thesis and Dissertations due to the Graduate School by 5pm
    Students submitting after this date will be required to register for Thesis/Dissertation Continuation in the following term. Tuition is billed at 1 semester hour for this course.
  • December 19, 2020: Submission of SED survey and Proquest due
    The document should not be uploaded until the student has been notified of final approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering. Please do not upload signature page with your document. Instructions to complete the survey will be emailed to the student when the Dissertation has been approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.
  • December 19, 2020: Degree Conferral
  • April 26, 2021: Thesis and Dissertations due to the Graduate School by 5pm
    Students submitting after this date will be required to register for Thesis/Dissertation Continuation in the following term. Tuition is billed at 1 semester hour for this course.
  • May 1, 2021: Submission of SED survey and Proquest due
    The document should not be uploaded until the student has been notified of final approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering. Please do not upload signature page with your document. Instructions to complete the survey will be emailed to the student when the Dissertation has been approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.
  • May 7, 2021: Degree Conferral
  • August 16, 2021: Thesis and Dissertations due to the Graduate School by 5pm
    Students submitting after this date will be required to register for Thesis/Dissertation Continuation in the following term. Tuition is billed at 1 semester hour for this course.
  • August 21, 2021: Submission of SED survey and Proquest due
    The document should not be uploaded until the student has been notified of final approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering. Please do not upload signature page with your document. Instructions to complete the survey will be emailed to the student when the Dissertation has been approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.
  • August 31, 2021: Degree Conferral