Skip to main content

Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form

Note: Use of Adobe Reader to access and complete the TDA form is strongly recommended (form fields may not function as intended when used with a preview app).

There are separate versions of the Thesis/Dissertation Approval (TDA) form for master's and doctoral students. This form must be completed and fully signed prior to submission to the Graduate College.

  • Master's TDA form (This is a fillable PDF; please type in the required information including the names of the adviser/committee.)
  • Doctoral TDA form (Use the pre-filled version provided to your department.)


Required TDA content

  • The student's UIN
  • The student's name
  • The correct degree for which the thesis is being submitted
  • The name of the student's department or program
  • The required number of signatures



Required signatures for the master's TDA form = student's adviser (at least one signature in the adviser approval section or additional approval section must be that of a graduate faculty member) + department head. 

Required signatures for the doctoral TDA form = director of research (adviser) + all voting committee members who voted to pass the student at the final exam (defense) + the department head.

All signatures must be on the same form. Signatures of off-site committee members may be obtained through faxing or scanning and emailing the form prior to the department head signing it. Authorized departmental faculty and staff are encouraged to submit a scanned copy of the TDA form via the appropriate secured link on the Graduate College website. If the TDA form must be delivered as a hard copy to 204 Coble Hall, the signature of the departmental head (or authorized signatory) must be original (wet-ink).

Do not use correction fluids or tapes on this form. Do not modify the PDF file.