Submitting A Thesis

To submit your thesis, please follow these instructions

For more information regarding the College's thesis policy, please see below.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: To complete the submission of your thesis, you will need: 

  • a digital copy of your thesis, in pdf format, on your local computer
  • your abstract (if any) available to type or paste into the form
  • the correct spelling of the name of your advisor(s)

To submit your thesis, you will need to do two things: 1) upload the pdf version of your thesis to the Wellesley College Digital Scholarship and Archive, the College's Institutional Repository service, and 2) email the pdf version of your thesis to all oral examination committee members. The identical version should be used for both steps. This version is considered to be the final version unless any revisions are required. 

Step 1: Upload your thesis by the deadline (noon on Wednesday, May 6, 2020):

  1. Go to the following link in any web browser. 
  2. Log in using your Wellesley Domain Name and Password.
  3. Follow the instructions on the form and fill in all applicable fields. Your name will automatically be entered.
  4. When you get to the Upload Full Text option, select Upload File From Your Computer. A Choose File button will appear; click this button to navigate to and select the main thesis pdf file on your computer.
  5. You may upload any other supporting files by clicking the box by Additional Files.
  6. Click Submit.

Step 2: Email the identical version of your thesis to all oral examination committee members by the deadline (noon on May 6, 2020)

Please address any questions to

Revision Process:

If (and only if) you have been instructed to submit a revised version of your thesis, please do so by following the link in the email that you received when you first uploaded your thesis. Please follow this link so that you are editing your existing record and not creating a second record in the Repository. You will be able to submit revisions between 11am Wednesday, May 20 and 12midnight on June 1, 2020.

Policy Information

After acceptance, a copy of the thesis is deposited in the Wellesley College Archives. It then becomes the property of the College and, as such, is made available to requestors in accordance with the policies governing the use of the Archives. (Articles of Government, Book II, Article IV, Section 2).

Occasionally a student may feel that distribution of her thesis will jeopardize the privacy or safety of the author or other individuals or groups. In such a case the author, in consultation with her advisor, should submit to the Committee on Curriculum and Instruction [CCAP], no later than the tenth week of the semester the thesis is due, a request for exception to the Archiving requirement. The Committee on Curriculum and Instruction will advise the student and her advisor, the College Archives and the student’s department/program if an exception has been granted. (Articles of Government, Book II, Article IV, Section 2).

In unusual circumstances the student, in consultation with her advisor, may request that thesis be embargoed (made unavailable through the institutional repository) for a period of up to 2 years. The primary reason to embargo is to prevent the dissemination of data concerning an ongoing research project.