Theses and Dissertations

For some of you, the most important moment in your graduate experience is when you defend your thesis or dissertation. As the culmination of your outstanding hard work, your thesis or dissertation represents the final step towards earning your Master’s or Doctoral degree.

The process isn’t as daunting as you may have heard! View the links below to learn more about the process.

Openness and Distribution of Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs)

The University of North Texas (UNT), as a member of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), endorses the fundamental tenet on openness and access of thesis and dissertation research as stated in the CGS policy manual The Doctor of Philosophy Degree: A Policy Statement (CGS, 2005).

In compliance with CGS, it is the policy at UNT that “an essential aspect of [thesis] and dissertation research and scholarship is the free and full dissemination of research results. Restrictions, either in the conduct of [thesis] and dissertation research or in the sharing of its results, are antithetical to that spirit.”

As part of UNT’s commitment to openness, all UNT ETDs are placed in the UNT ETD repository and made available via the online UNT Libraries catalog for reading and/or downloading by all users, including being crawled and indexed by online search engines (e.g., Google). ETDs are available in perpetuity; in addition, there are no restrictions regarding who can download the file or how many times it can be downloaded.

The UNT Thesis Manual: Formatting the Dissertation/Thesis

Your first stop when formatting your dissertation or thesis should be our Thesis & Dissertation Manual. Additionally, we have many resources in our Writing section that can provide you with insight on copyright issues, plagiarism, style guides and the like.

Ready to Submit?

The Toulouse Graduate School (TGS) and the UNT Libraries are pleased to announce the implementation of an online thesis/dissertation submission tool called Vireo. All materials that used to be hard copy will now be handled electronically in Vireo – this includes filing forms, major professor’s document approval, ProQuest forms, copyright permissions, journal samples, restriction approval, etc.

Please review all the information below to aide you in successfully submitting your thesis or dissertation.


  • The thesis or dissertation you upload in Vireo must be a single PDF file, and must include all committee-, department- and/or college-level edits.  It must be the absolute final version.  Once you confirm final submission, Vireo will prevent subsequent submissions.
  • Be sure to review the UNT Vireo Submission Guide before beginning the submission process.
  • You do not need to complete the entire submission process in one sitting; however, the entire process must be completed and confirmed by the submission deadlines.
  1. Student name fields will automatically populate directly from your official UNT records.  This is how your thesis/dissertation will be cataloged through the UNT Libraries Digital Collection and the Texas Digital Library.  For this reason, you must use the UNT official records name on the title and copyright pages of the thesis/dissertation.
  2. Once you have completed the submission process by clicking the "Confirm and Submit" button, an email will automatically be sent to your maor professor. The email contains a link back to your Vireo submissions, where your major professor can approve both the version submitted and your available options. This procedure takes the place of the (hard copy) Document Approval Form that had been used in the past.
  3. ProQuest submission in Vireo is optional.  However, because Vireo is an online submission application, the student fee associated with ProQuest submission (known as the “microfilm fee”) no longer exists.  If you need more information before deciding whether to submit to ProQuest, please discuss this option with your professor and colleagues.
  4. "Embargo" refers only to the ProQuest copy, while "restriction" refers to the UNT copy. If you did not select the ProQuest option, then you cannot select "embargo" because ProQuest cannot embargo what they do not receive. Please be sure your professor is aware of your availability choices to prevent confusion later.


Vireo was designed to be very user friendly, and students should not have much trouble figuring out what to do in order to successfully submit.

If you do experience technical difficulties with your submission, please contact

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