Final submission (Deposit)

The deposit requirements are applicable to the following research documents: 

  • Doctoral dissertation and Master’s thesis (all programs except M.F.A.), and Master’s creative writing project (English);
  • Master’s major paper (all programs) and major internship paper (Political Science).

The "deposit" is the submission by the student of the final committee-approved document and required forms to the Graduate Studies office following the final oral defense, as detailed on this webpage under 'Steps Leading to the DepositA student has not completed the degree requirements until their document has been deposited. The deposit is not considered 'complete' until ALL steps described below have been completed by the student.

Students must be registered in the semester in which they are completing the deposit. Review the registration requirements for students who are defending and/or depositing

Steps leading to the deposit:

The final submission (deposit) will be considered 'complete' after ALL steps described below have been completed by the student.

Step 1 of 3: Submit for Format checking

The format review is normally initiated after the final oral defense has been completed and the document has been finalized and approved by the supervisory committee. Refer to the Note below regarding requests for format review prior to the defense.

To submit for format review: 

Please allow a minimum of 3 (three) business days to receive format feedback. Documents are reviewed in order of submission and you will be notified by email after your document has been reviewed. Format-checking submission deadlines for graduation and tuition refund purposes (Phase I/II) are posted on the Important Dates webpage

Note that there will be only one format review, normally initiated after the defense. Upon request and in special circumstances (e.g. to meet targeted deposit deadlines) documents may be submitted for format review prior to the final oral defense, provided the document structure has been finalized and approved by the supervisory committee and that no subsequent structural changes are expected to be made to the document.

Any formatting issues must be resolved before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2 of 3: Upload soft copy (pdf)

After obtaining both format approval from Graduate Studies and final approval by your supervisory committee, upload a soft copy of your final approved document in PDF format to the online submission system. Proceed to the next step.

Step 3 of 3. Email required forms 

Submit the following forms via email as a PDF file attachment to

'Request for withholding' forms (if applicable) must also be submitted along with the required forms - refer to the instructions for submitting a request for withholding.

The final submission (deposit) will be complete when the student has submitted  ALL items outlined in the steps above. 

For information regarding graduation or obtaining an official letter to confirm degree completion, the Registrar's office have posted a number of graduation related instructions which can be found in the graduation articles.

For additional questions regarding your thesis deposit you may refer to the post-deposit FAQs.

Note regarding hard copy binding: in addition to the online PDF submission, some departments normally require a physical copy for the department or for the advisor to be submitted for binding to the Graduate Studies office. Binding services are currently not available through the Graduate Studies office and submission of hard copies for binding has been suspended/waived until further notice. For other options for binding of thesis copies for personal use that may be available to students please refer to the 'Binding options" section" further below on this webpage.

Additional Information:

Request for withholding

After a processing period (6-8 weeks), a digital copy of the deposited document will be available as open access in the University of Windsor Scholarship@UWindsor digital insitutional repository as well as in ProQuest (theses and dissertations only). If a thesis, major paper, or dissertation contains material which needs to be withheld temporarily from the public or the community of scholars for a variety of valid reasons (e.g. publication pending, patent pending, etc.), the candidate and their research supervisor(s) may request a period of withholding from circulation as follows:

  • six months without cause being given;
  • up to 1 year with good cause, as determined by the Faculty of Graduate Studies;
  • more than 1 year: requires explicit approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies - contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies if you believe you have reasons to request an initial withholding period for more than 1 year.

How to submit a request for withholding:

The request for withholding must be submitted at the time of completing the deposit with Graduate Studies as follows:

  1. The student downloads a "Request for Withholding a Major Paper/Thesis/Dissertation" form available from the Students forms webpage under section "Thesis deposit forms - post-defense", completes the form, and obtains signatures from their research advisor(s). Note if there are 2 co-advisors both must sign the form.
  2. When uploading the final PDF copy (as described above in Step 2 of the deposit), the student must select 'delayed release' instead of "immediate release" and select the same embargo period that is specified on the "Request for Withholding" form (6 months or 1 year). For theses and dissertations the delayed release option is under "Publishing option" of the online submission system; for major papers and internship papers - under "Embargo period". 
  3. The student submits to Graduate Studies the completed and signed "Request for Withholding a Major Paper/Thesis/Dissertation" form along with the rest of the required deposit forms, as described above in Step 3 of the deposit.

Note that during the embargo period the full-text of your major paper, thesis or dissertation will not be publicly available, however, a brief record will be posted on the web including the abstract.

Binding options 

  • Binding services are currently not available through the Graduate Studies office. Students completing the online PDF submission of their thesis or dissertation (Step 2 of the deposit) will be offered by the submission system to purchase bound copies for personal use of their thesis/dissertation which is an optional service, as specified under "Instructions for uploading a thesis or dissertation" on the online submission webpage.
  • Students wishing to order bound copies for personal use of their previously submitted thesis or dissertation may refer to ProQuest regarding ordering bound copies from ProQuest.

  • The University's print shop may offer options for spiral or other soft-cover binding - refer to the print shop services and contact them for details.

For questions, contact the Graduate Studies Office.