Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation

Manuscript Clearance Deadlines

 Semester Deadlines

June 24, 2019

Last day for doctoral students to submit doctoral dissertation or treatise for pre-defense format review. This review is required for graduation.

July 8, 2019

Last day for master’s students to submit master's thesis for pre-defense format review. This review is required for graduation.

July 22, 2019

Last day for submission of the post-defense, content-approved thesis, dissertation or treatise and required forms. 

August 2, 2019

Last day for thesis, dissertation, and treatise students to receive an email from Manuscript Clearance confirming final clearance. 

 **Missing a semester deadline will result in the student automatically being ineligible for graduation that term.**

60-Day Deadline 

No later than 60 days after a successful defense:

  • Post-defense, final-content approved manuscript must be submitted.
  • Required forms (throughout Final Content Approval) must be completed in the Portal.

No later than 1 week after the 60-day deadline:

  • All requested formatting corrections must be complete. (There are sometime multiple reviews required.)
  • Official Final Manuscript Clearance must be achieved in the Portal.

This deadline applies to students who:

  • Defend early in their semester of expected graduation.
  • Defend in a semester prior to their expected graduation.
  • Missed a semester deadline after defending (resulting in delayed graduation).

**Please Note: University closures are not excluded from the 60 days, but deadlines may be adjusted (forward or backward) if they fall on a day the University is closed or on a weekend.**

Clearance Procedures

Before Your Defense

  • Familiarize yourself with the Thesis, Treatise, and Dissertation section of The Graduate School website, including deadlines, formatting requirements and templates. Please see submenus to the left.
  • The official method of communication at Florida State University is your FSU student e-mail account. In order to stay informed and aware, you are required to set up and maintain your account and check it three times per week. If you choose to have your official FSU account forwarded to another e-mail account, you are still held responsible for all information distributed by the University to your FSU account.
  • Submit your Defense Announcement to The Graduate School through the Manuscript Clearance Portal.
  • Submit your manuscript to The Graduate School through the ProQuest ETD Administrator website ( You are  required to submit your manuscript by the last day to submit for pre-defense format review for your semester of graduation or within your 60-Day Deadline, whichever is earlier. We understand that your content will likely change after your defense. Manuscripts submitted for the pre-defense format review must be 90% content complete, including any tables and figures, and must include the title page, committee page, table of contents, lists (if needed), abstract and references. Initial reviews are valid for two semesters, the original semester and one semester following. If the defense is delayed further, a new initial review must be completed by the appropriate deadline.

After Your Defense

  • Track the completion of your forms by your committee members through the Manuscript Clearance Portal.
  • Revise your manuscript content and formatting, and submit a revision to your ProQuest ETD account (
  • Your Manuscript Clearance Advisor will review your revisions and inform you about any additional format changes.
  • Revise the manuscript with those formatting changes and repeat the submission/review process until the manuscript formatting is approved.

Once your formatting is approved and all forms have been completed in the Portal, you will receive the “fireworks” email stating that you have completed the manuscript clearance process. Your manuscript is not cleared for graduation until you receive that email. Leaving campus or Tallahassee does not waive any of the requirements or deadlines.

In order to submit your manuscript successfully, you must adhere to the formatting rules found in the most recent version of the "Guidelines and Requirements," as well as the deadlines outlined for the semester you plan to graduate.


Keep track of deadlines here! 

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Please contact  the the Manuscript Clearance Advisor:

Call: 850-644-0045

Send e-mail. 


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