What is included in this section
This section will cover all of the requirements for preparing thesis or dissertations and
other required paperwork before you submit it to the WVU Research Repository.
ETD Formatting Requirements
In order to graduate, your thesis or dissertation must conform to the formatting
standards set out by the university before we accept it in the WVU Research Repository.
Except for the specifications listed below, any discipline-specific style manual
may be used at the Committee Chair’s discretion.
The first page of your thesis or dissertation must be a title page. Your title
page should include all of the information contained within the
title page template.
The second page of your thesis or dissertation should contain your abstract. Please
abstract page template for all of the requirements for your abstract page.
Table of Contents
All theses and dissertations must include a table of contents.
Page Number Formatting
Page numbers between the title page and the main body of your thesis or dissertation
should be formatted as
lower case roman numerals
(i, ii, iii, iv...). The title and abstract pages should be suppressed, so the
first page number to appear on your document will be on the page following your
On the main body of your thesis or dissertation, page numbers restart at "1" and
should be formatted as
(1, 2, 3, 4...).
Other Required Documents
Committee Signature Form
All ETD submissions must include a WVU Libraries
committee signature form.
The student and all members of the committee who attend the defense in person should
sign the Signature Form. If the student or any members attend the defense remotely,
they may either email to the student or committee chair a scanned copy of the
Signature Form containing only their own signature (physical or electronic) or
email to the chair of the committee an email message expressing their approval.
The chair will forward these email messages to the student so that they can be
submitted with the Signature Form. If possible, the forms and messages should
be combined into one PDF file.
Contact us for assistance if needed.
Survey of Earned Doctorates Certificate
All doctoral students (PhD, EdD, DMA and DNP) must take the
Survey of Earned Doctorates
. After you take the survey, you will receive a Certificate
of Completion, which you should then upload with your other ETD materials to the
During the survey, you are free to skip any questions by simply moving to the next
with any questions about this survey.
By default, all theses and dissertations published in the Research Repository are
publicly visible. When a student submits an embargo request form, the embargo
restricts the full-text copy of your thesis or dissertation from public view. The
information on the citation page for your submission
will remain publicly visible with an embargo.
There are two types of embargoes: one year embargoes and permanent embargoes. One
year embargoes for are granted for one year starting at the date
of submission, and may be renewed annually by contacting the
WVU Libraries ETD Office
. Students may extend their annual embargoes for
up to five years after the initial submission date. They are typically granted
to authors who have a pending publication or patent based on their work.
Permanent embargoes may only be selected for individuals completing an MFA-Creative
Writing program or for projects that contain sensitive Export Controlled information. The
full text of the ETD will not be available for download or access without permission
from the original author, and the WVU Export Control Office when applicable.