Thesis Resources

Many graduate programs at the College of Charleston have a thesis option for completing the degree. If this applies to you, be sure to utilize the resources below as you complete your thesis.

Writing your Thesis

Before you begin writing your thesis, it is important to review the Graduate School's Thesis Manual. The manual covers the general timeline for developing your thesis, regulations governing theses in all programs, and formatting instructions.  While the manual provides general instructions, citation styles should adhere to the student's discipline and may vary program to program. Some programs may also have their own thesis requirements and students should consult their program director.

Graduate School Thesis Manual

Graduate School Thesis Template

Thesis Formatting Checklist

Submitting your Thesis

The deadline to submit a thesis to the Graduate School is always the last day of classes of the term the student intends to graduate.  For summer graduates, the deadline is the last day of classes of the last summer term.  

Graduating Term Deadline to Defend Thesis Deadline to Submit Thesis Forms to Graduate School Deadline to Submit Thesis
to ProQuest ETD
Fall 2023 Monday, November 20 Wednesday, November 29 Monday, December 4
Spring 2024 Wednesday, April 10 Friday, April 19 Wednesday, April 24
Summer 2024 Friday, July 19 Monday, July 29 Friday, August 2
Fall 2024 Monday, November 18 Wednesday, November 27 Tuesday, December 3


The Graduate School requires graduate students submit their theses online through ProQuest ETD. As a result, a thesis does not need to be printed and bound unless the student wants a copy for their records. The thesis is added to an online database that is then searchable via the internet and the College of Charleston's Library database.

ProQuest Resources

Copyright Resources

Looking for a Thesis

Approved theses are available in ProQuest, which is accessible through the College of Charleston's Library databases.

Those searching for a copy of a previously written College of Charleston student thesis that is not available through ProQuest or the Library's catalog can contact the Special Collections Department at the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library.