The Graduate School partners with the UW Libraries to provide comprehensive resources for students as they write, submit, and publish academic theses or dissertations.
These pages outline information and policies related to preparing your thesis/dissertation, including formatting, deadlines, copyright and distribution decisions, and, ultimately, graduation.
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The Big Picture: Graduation Dates & Deadlines Student Responsibilities Required Sections for Your Document Common Formatting Mistakes to Avoid Committee Approval Forms Open Access and Publishing Options ETD Submission Process: After Submitting Registration Waiver Fee Commencement Your document must be written in English.
I attended a thesis defense recently in which the student was not well prepared.
The visuals were poor and disorganized and the student did not handle questions well.
A dissertation is part of a broader post-graduate research project.
However, the thesis has evolved since original research nowadays requires plenty of background research.
If you need to write your document in another language to accommodate the main audience, you must get prior approval to do so by submitting a petition the dean via My Grad.
If the petition is approved, the required sections (title page, copyright page, abstract) must still be written in English.