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ETD: Uploading Electronic Theses and Dissertations

A Step-by-Step Guide

Congratulations! You are ready to upload your document to UMass Lowell's Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Archive.  Using the online portal, you can publish directly to the ETD Archive. Just follow the steps.



Assemble and prepare all needed materials

Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

  • Thesis or Dissertation in PDF format; make sure there is no password protection on the file.
  • An electronic copy of your abstract to cut and paste.
  • Supplemental files (optional).
  • Signed Signatory Page as Page 3.
  • In addition to requiring a signed Signatory page, students must send a copy of the original signed signature page to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Chairperson and Committee Members names and titles.
  • Subject Categories.
  • A Credit/Debit Card for payment of the $50 Archival Fee that is paid directly to UMass Lowell using this embedded link.
  • The Departmental Copy Charge is paid through ProQuest, along with the charges for any personal copies you order, using the ProQuest ETD site.
  • NOTE: the $50 Archival Fee is a separate payment, to the UMass Lowell e-commerce page, while the Departmental Copy Charge is paid through ProQuest, along with any personal publishing choices you select, on the ProQuest ETD site.

Creating the PDF of your thesis/dissertation

  • Most word processing programs include a conversion function. In MS Word, for example, you can go to “File - Save As…” and select PDF from the drop-down menu. You can also go to “File-Print” and select “Save as PDF” from the PDF drop-down menu.
  • If your word processing program does not support PDF conversion, you can download for Windows or NeoOffice for Mac. These are both free, open-source word processing programs that include a PDF conversion function.
  • You can also use the pdf conversion function on the ETD website, but the conversion is much slower than converting prior to entering the website.