Dissertations and Theses in Digital Format to be Submitted via CD or Web-based Application:

General Requirements

The document should appear in Adobe PDF format. No compression or password protection should be used. UMI Dissertations Publishing can make no changes to the document. Therefore, the burden of how the document looks when it is accessed or printed is entirely the responsibility of the author. UMI strongly recommends that the author assume responsibility for reformatting the document into Adobe PDF, checking the reformatted document for accuracy, and submitting the PDF document to the graduate school or library for publication.

All fonts used must be embedded in the document. External or internal links to multi-media files are acceptable. If multi-media elements are used in the document, file formats should be identified in the dissertation/thesis abstract. Acceptable file formats include the following:


  • GIF (.gif)
  • JPEG (.jpeg)
  • PDF (.pdf) use Type 1 PostScript fonts
  • TIFF (.tif)


  • Apple Quick Time (.mov)
  • Microsoft Audio Video Interleaved (.avi)
  • MPEG (.mpg)


  • AIF(.aif)
  • CD-DA
  • MIDI (.midi)
  • MPEG-2
  • SND (.snd)
  • WAV (.wav)

Supporting Documents for Dissertations or Theses in Digital Format

Supporting documents that remain on paper are:

  • Approval Sheet

They should be brought to the Graduate School or mailed in an 8.5 X 11 envelope to:

Linda Thomas
Administration Building 216
1000 Hilltop Road
Baltimore, MD 21250

Print and Electronic Access to Dissertations or Theses in Digital Format

Dissertations and theses received in digital format will be processed in a manner identical to paper documents. Bibliographic citations and abstracts for these documents will be published in Dissertation Abstracts International or Masters Abstracts International in print, on-line, CD-ROM and microform. Bibliographic information concerning these documents will also be made available to a world-wide network of online information providers and distributors including OCLC, Dialog, and STN. Where possible, print output of the document will be created, microfilmed and stored in UMI's vaults. The PDF format of the document will be loaded into ProQuest/UMI Digital Dissertations, a digital archive of dissertations and theses. UMI Dissertations Publishing will check for document integrity and copyright compliance. If the document appears to be incomplete or if there are questions about the reproduction of previously copyrighted materials, publication will be delayed until those concerns are resolved.