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Submission Process

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Thesis Overview

The Thesis Processing Office is the central collection point and publisher for NPS theses, dissertations, capstones, MBA Professional Reports, and joint applied projects (hereafter referred to as “theses”). Each student is required to work with a thesis processor in his or her final quarter. We ensure that the thesis 1) meets NPS's format requirements, 2) meets high copyediting standards, 3) has all signatures, and 4) is properly marked with the faculty-designated DoD distribution statement. We also work to prevent the publication of plagiarized material, personally identifiable information (PII), unapproved human-subjects research, and nonpermissive copyrighted material. Theses are cataloged by the NPS library and DTIC.

During the thesis review, your thesis processor will focus on the "finishing touches" such as formatting, grammar, punctuation, and style. Examples of things we mark are inconsistent capitalization, citation use inconsistent with the declared citation style, images wider than the page margins, mismatching cross references, typos, inconsistent paragraph justification, spelling errors, and the like. Click here for more examples of the things we look for. The marked draft is then returned to the student, who must carry out the revisions globally in the thesis.

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Step-by-step submission guides

Please tell us which type of student you are:

  • Classified papers: Click here if you are writing a classified thesis.
     
  • FOUO papers: Click here for marking guidance. For your recommended timeline, choose from a student type below.

  • Export-controlled papers: For your recommended timeline, choose from a student type below. The only difference in the process is that you will use Box instead of SharePoint for file sharing. Box FAQs // Box introduction

Your recommended timeline is earlier than the thesis timeline. To be nominated as a current-quarter graduate, you must receive your Dissertation Acceptance Letter by close of business on Friday the 10th week of the quarter (two weeks before graduation day). See "Target submission dates" below.

Use the step-by-step guide under "I am a resident student" below with your submission dates in mind.

Will you be using the free editing service provided by NPS?

Yes

No

 

NPS provides free thesis editing of nearly final drafts to international students. Do keep in mind that editing will require extra time.

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Due dates

September graduates

Thesis, MBA reports, capstones, JAP:

  • Initial Draft: August 10
  • Final Draft: September 7

Dissertation dates click here

International students using an editor, click here

Graduation is September 21

Future Quarters

 

The Fine Print

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The brief tailored to the September class has already been held. A recording of the brief is available here.

Because procedures can vary from quarter to quarter, all resident students are required to attend the brief in their graduation quarter; DL students are required to watch the video and download the slides and handouts.

Students graduating in future quarters are encouraged to watch the brief and download the slides and handouts before their final quarter.