What is a preliminary draft?
A preliminary draft is a rough draft of your thesis or dissertation. Submitting a preliminary draft to The Graduate School for a formatting check is strongly recommended.
The Preliminary Draft...
- May or may not be 100% complete.
- Preliminary drafts should be submitted in your final semester--the semester you plan to defend and graduate.
- Preliminary drafts are typically submitted prior to your defense so that the Thesis/Dissertation Officer can check your signature page before you obtain your committee members' signatures.
Please remember: The Graduate School checks your document for required formatting; we do not read your content. This means that we do not check your citations, spelling, or grammar, or review your document for plagiarism.
Preliminary Draft Process
Submit a printed copy of your preliminary draft to The Graduate School on or before the preliminary draft deadline. Please keep the following in mind when preparing your draft:
- Print on regular copy paper
- Print single-sided
- Do not staple or bind your document
- Signatures are not required on the draft signature page
Emailed drafts are not accepted! Preliminary drafts must be submitted as hard (printed) copies
Within 1-3 days, the Thesis/Dissertation Officer will review your document for formatting.
Once your review is complete, the Thesis/Dissertation Officer will contact you to schedule an appointment.
At your appointment, the Thesis/Dissertation Officer will go over the following:
- Final submission requirements and process
- Any additional questions
Remember: The Graduate School does not read the content of your document, but checks the formatting against our required formatting guidelines (please use our template). If you are unable to submit your preliminary draft by the preliminary draft deadline, or if you have questions about the preliminary draft process, please contact the Thesis/Dissertation Officer.
If you choose not to submit a preliminary draft, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Thesis/Dissertation Officer for a review of your signature page before your defense. Failure to acquire signatures on a correctly formatted signature page may delay your graduation.
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