Graduate School Banner

Electronic Submission Information

Dates and Deadlines 

Electronic Submission Formatting Requirements


Ball State University has implemented a policy that all master’s degree theses, research papers, creative projects, and doctoral dissertations are to be submitted electronically. This means that the Graduate School will no longer accept paper copies of graduate student research projects. The goals of the Graduate School in requiring electronic submission include seeking to instruct graduate students about electronic document preparation and how to use digital libraries. Moreover, many research projects go beyond the traditional text-only format, which cannot be captured in paper copy alone, and this initiative will allow worldwide accessibility to Ball State student research.

Ball State is a member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations. Visit the NDLTD Web site for detailed information, including its goals and purposes and a list of member universities.

Policy Statement

All theses, research papers, and creative projects written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for any master’s or specialist degree conferred by the university, and all dissertations written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for any doctoral degree conferred by the university must be filed electronically with the Ball State Library system according to its procedures for such filing. Ball State has the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible all the aforementioned research project requirements. Each student will retain all other ownership rights to the copyright and the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of the above-mentioned document.

Instructions for Submission

Upload the abstract, body of paper (the body includes the Title Page, Acknowledgements, Bibliography, and Appendices, if any) in PDF format, and any attachments (e.g., videos, pictures, musical compositions) via (when you go to this site, please log on with your BSU username and password). Before uploading your document, make sure it conforms to the Graduate School formatting requirements. The date for the abstract and title page must be the month and year of graduation. Upload all files at one sitting. Once you click submit you CANNOT go back and add files. Total file size cannot exceed 25 MB. If you need technical assistance on formatting attachments, please contact the Help Desk at 765-285-1517.

Contact Us
Graduate School
West Quad, Room 100
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 866-285-GRAD (toll-free)
or 765-285-1301
Fax: 765-285-1328
View E-mail Address