Instructions for Submitting Ph.D. Dissertations
1. Upload your final dissertation draft to ProQuest ETD here.
Follow the prompts in ProQuest to fill in keywords and subject tags, and to make important decisions like whether to embargo your work.
2. Submit your signed approval page to the STH Library.
Please submit 2 signed hard copies of the approval page. Both copies must be signed in pen by all readers (original signatures, fresh ink on paper, not photocopies or scans). These can be dropped off in person with Stacey Duran in the STH Library or mailed to: BU STH Library, re: dissertations, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. [Please note that the full dissertation file that you uploaded for ProQuest to publish, should remain unsigned to protect your readers’ signatures from online identity theft, per ProQuest’s and BU’s policies.]
3. Submit your dissertation fee: $115.
Please submit the dissertation processing fee in the form of a check or money order for $115 (made payable to “Boston University”). This can be dropped off in person with Stacey Duran at the library or mailed to: BU School of Theology Library, re: dissertations, 745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA, 02215. Unfortunately, there is currently no way for STH students to pay dissertation fees online.
4. OPTIONAL: Embargo Letters
Embargo letters are required only if you request in ProQuest ETD that your work not be displayed (in ProQuest or OpenBU) for any period of time (usually two years). This is usually done to pursue commercial publishing, although it is not always necessary. More information on embargoes can be found at BU’s main library page here : https://www.bu.edu/library/files/2011/05/EmbargoesETDFAQ.pdf. A sample embargo letter template can be found here : http://www.bu.edu/cas/files/2020/03/Embargo-Letter-Template.doc.
The embargo letter, like the approval pages, must be submitted as a physical paper with ink signatures, signed by both yourself and your advisor. It can be submitted to Stacey Duran, either in-person at the STH Library or via mail to: Boston University School of Theology Library, 745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA, 02215. After the first 2-year embargo, you will be able to renew your embargo (without a letter) via email or phone, for two years at a time.
For more information, please contact the STH Library thesis coordinator, Stacey Duran, at firstname.lastname@example.org.