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E-thesis, Project, and Dissertation Submission Guide: Home


Electronic theses, projects, and dissertations are also known as ETDs. This guide contains all of the information that you will need to submit your thesis, project, or dissertation. Please be aware that this process may take several days. DO NOT wait until the last minute!

California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) requires electronic submission/availability of completed master’s theses, culminating, and dissertation projects by CSUB students. Students will self-submit their scholarship via the ProQuest ETD tool available on the library website.  Submitted master’s theses, culminating, and dissertations will be made available globally to students, researchers, and the general public through ProQuest, the Walter W. Stiern Library catalog, and CSU Bakersfield’s Institutional Repository: Runner Scholar. Access to student submitted scholarship will be unrestricted. If desired, either for their personal use or in response to a departmental request/requirement, students can have print copies of their theses or projects bound at their own expense. 



May 12, 2023 - Deadline for submission of thesis or dissertation. 


Please utilize the workshop recording below. If you have any questions please email Chris Livingston at

To set up a profile in ProQuest go to:

Guidelines for submitting the required electronic copy of your completed thesis or dissertation at CSUB:

1. Complete the theses or dissertation in accordance with departmental guidelines. 

2. Submit one copy of the thesis or dissertation with accompanying materials (e.g., graphics, charts, videos, audio files, etc.) formatted as an ADA compliant .pdf file using the ProQuest ETD tool. Your submission must include the signatures of your advisor and committee member(s) on the signature page and an abstract.

3. Completed works must be submitted no later than the last day of regularly scheduled classes during the quarter in which you plan to graduate.

4. The submitted thesis or dissertation will be available via ProQuest. It will also be available via the CSUB Library Catalog and institutional repository within a six weeks of submission.

This guide was adapted from CSU, San Marcos

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