Dissertation Submission

If you plan to submit your dissertation by for the December 2020 degree conferral, the following process must be followed. All dissertations must be delivered to the Dissertation Office by 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020. *NO IN-PERSON SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

1. The unbound dissertation manuscript and the accompanying forms (item 2) must be delivered to the Dissertation office at 246 Church Street. No in person submissions will be accepted.

  • Students may utilize the services of Yale Printing & Publishing Services (YPPS) https://ypps.yale.edu/student-needs  or Tyco (203-777-8926) to print and deliver their dissertation manuscripts to our office. Request delivery to the Dissertation Office at 246 Church Street no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 1st. If you choose to use this service, email the accompanying forms as listed below.
  • Students may use any overnight shipping courier that guarantees delivery by the October 1, 4:00 p.m. deadline and provides tracking information. Include a hard copy of your manuscript and the accompanying forms listed below. Address your shipment to:

Yale University Registrar’s Office
Attention: Dissertation Office
246 Church Street, 3rd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
203.432.0461

2. A pdf copy of the dissertation along with the required forms (item 3) must be emailed to dissertationreaders@yale.edu by 4:00 p.m. on October 1st.
3. Required forms:

If you have questions about submitting your dissertation, the Dissertation Office is available to help. To speak to someone in our office, call 203-432-0461.

Submission Policy

Dissertations for the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Doctor of Philosophy degree must be submitted to the Graduate School by March 15 for consideration at the May meetings of the degree committees, and by October 1 for consideration at the fall meetings of the degree committees. These deadlines have been established to allow sufficient time for readers to make careful evaluations and for departments to review those evaluations and make their recommendations to the Graduate School. No extensions of the deadlines will be granted. Dissertations submitted after the deadlines will be considered during the following term.

In accord with the traditional scholarly ideal that the candidate for a doctorate must make a contribution to knowledge, all dissertations that have been accepted by the Graduate School are made available in the library and published on microfilm (UMI Company). Publication on microfilm does not prevent the author from publishing the dissertation in another format at any time.

Students must register continuously until either they have been awarded the Ph.D. or six years have elapsed since matriculation, whichever occurs first. During the first six years, students must be registered through the term of dissertation submission. Registration beyond the sixth year is not required. Registered students that submit dissertations will remain registered until the end of the term and will retain all privileges of registration (e.g. library privileges and health care coverage). Students who complete all Ph.D. requirements within four continuous years of full-time study in the Ph.D. program will be registered and charged full tuition only through the term in which the dissertation is submitted. Students who have registered part-time or taken a leave of absence must complete the four-year full tuition obligation, regardless of when they submit the dissertation.

The Graduate School does not compel departments to evaluate the dissertations of degree candidates who are no longer registered. In practice, however, departments normally agree to evaluate these dissertations.