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Submitting your Thesis or Project to the Library

This guide contains all of the information that you will need to submit your thesis, project, or dissertation to the library.


At CSUSM, every Master's degree program is required to include a culminating experience. The form of this experience differs according to degree programs, but all Master's students must satisfactorily complete either a thesis, a project or a comprehensive examination. A finished Master's thesis is a scholarly work that is the product of extensive research and related preparation. 

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!

Thesis and Project Deadlines

The ETD submission deadlines are always at noon on the last Thursday that classes are scheduled:

  • The Fall 2021 deadline is December 9th at noon.
  • The Spring 2022 deadline is May 12th at noon.
  • The Summer 2022 Deadline is August 11th at noon.

Please make sure that you have several days between your project presentation/thesis defense and the submission deadline. You will need that time to get your documents in order and your final edits in.

Extension Requests

If you know that you will not make the deadline or you have an emergency, you may request an extension. Please contact your faculty advisor as soon as you know that you need an extension! Your faculty advisor needs to email the extension request to Sara Constantinescu in the Office of Graduate Studies BEFORE the deadline. Requests received after the deadline will be denied.

The request needs to contain your name, the reason you are requesting an extension, and how many days you need. An extension can be anywhere from one day to one week, but not longer than one week. If you need more than a one week period of time, you will need to enroll for a course the next semester. Please seek guidance from your faculty advisor or department coordinator.