Electronic Deposit Gateway

Your examining committee may have directed you to make minor revisions to your dissertation. Once you have made these revisions, you are ready to begin the deposit process. Please be sure to review all the information on this page carefully before clicking any links. Now that you have successfully defended your dissertation, your last remaining academic requirement is to complete your dissertation deposit.

There are four steps to completing your deposit. The steps may be completed in any order, but your deposit is only considered complete when all four steps are completed.

There are specific formatting requirements for your dissertation; see the Formatting Guidelines for more information.

If it is approved as submitted, your dissertation must be deposited within one month after the date of defense. If it is approved pending revisions, your dissertation must be deposited within six months after the date of defense.

Should you wish to receive your degree at a particular degree conferral (October, February, or May), please refer to the Dates and Deadlines page for the relevant deadline.

Teachers College PhD Students: If the deposit takes place more than one month into the semester following the defense, TC students are responsible for an additional Dissertation Advisement Fee. Contact the TC Office of Doctoral Studies for more information.

Teachers College PhD students uploading their dissertation to the Electronic Deposit Gateway, please select the institution, “Columbia University” instead of “Teachers College, Columbia University.” The Teachers College ProQuest site is for Ed.D. students only.

Do not leave this process for the last day of a deposit deadline. We do our best to provide feedback regarding formatting and other matters as quickly as we can, but it is your responsibility to ensure that all parts of the deposit are completed by the deadline, including a correctly formatted dissertation. We review every dissertation that is submitted; uploading your file a few days before the deadline ensures that we can give you feedback on formatting and other matters in a timely manner.

Please note that it will take three business days for a certification letter to be produced for deposits that take place in the week before a deadline. If you need your certification letter by a certain date, it is your responsibility to complete the process in advance.

1. Complete the GSAS deposit application and pay the $85 processing fee.

You will log in to the GSAS deposit application using your UNI and password. This application collects information for your diploma and your certification letters. You may also use a credit card to pay the $85 processing fee through this form. The application fee is non-refundable, with the exception of errors that arise during payment processing.

Click here to access the deposit application.

2. Submit the required Survey of Earned Doctorates online.

The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) is an ongoing survey sponsored by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, US Department of Agriculture, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. GSAS requires completion of this survey as part of the dissertation deposit.

Please note the following points before accessing the SED website. Failure to follow these steps may delay processing of your deposit. To view a copy of the Survey of Earned Doctorates questions online, click here. For questions about how to answer A7 and/or A17, please contact the GSAS Financial Aid Office at gsas-finaid [at] columbia.edu.

When registering for the SED site:

  • For institution, choose: Columbia University
  • Students from TC should choose: Teachers College-Columbia Univ.
  • Students from TC must include gsas-dissertations-internal [at] columbia.edu as one of the secondary notification email addresses at the end of the survey. If you omit this, we will not receive a confirmation, and your deposit will be delayed.

If you have read and understood the information above, click here to access the Survey of Earned Doctorates.

3. Upload and submit a PDF copy of your dissertation.

With this step, the digital copy of your dissertation is uploaded to both ProQuest/UMI and Academic Commons (Columbia's online research repository). Dissertations from Teachers College are also uploaded to Pocket Knowledge (TC's online research repository), and JSD dissertations are also added to the Law Library's catalog.  

Do not upload your dissertation directly to Academic Commons using their website. Following the procedures outlined below will result in your dissertation being uploaded to both ProQuest/UMI and Academic Commons.

Your dissertation must be uploaded in PDF format. If you have not already created a PDF, or if you are unable to do so, there is a PDF Conversion Tool available as part of the upload process. You will also need a copy of your abstract that you can copy and paste into a text box.

Public Accessibility and Dissertation Embargoes

By default, your dissertation will be made publicly available online in an open-access repository. If you have questions or concerns about the digital availability of your dissertation, please click here for frequently asked questions on this topic.

Dissertation Embargo

If you choose, you may place a one-, two-, or five-year embargo on your dissertation. The option to request an embargo of one or two years will be offered to you in the upload process under the section "Delaying release in ProQuest"; please see here for instructions on requesting a five-year embargo.

If you indicate your request for an embargo in this section, your dissertation will also be embargoed in Academic Commons. The title and abstract of embargoed dissertations will still be available to the public through ProQuest. Until the end of the embargo period, the full text of any embargoed dissertation will not be released to the public under any circumstances by GSAS, Academic Commons, or ProQuest.

Extending an Embargo

Under compelling circumstances, GSAS may authorize an embargo to be extended beyond the period originally requested. Alumni who wish to extend their embargo should complete both of the following steps:

  1. Send an email to dissertations [at] columbia.edu one month before the scheduled end of the embargo, briefly outlining the circumstances and explaining the reasons for the extension. The request will be reviewed in the Office of the Dean, and if approved, the embargo will be extended for either one or two more years within Academic Commons.
  2. Write to email disspub [at] proquest.com before the scheduled end of the embargo, so that the extension may be processed by ProQuest.

Search Engine Access

During the upload process, you will be asked whether to allow major search engines to discover your work. This option only applies to the copy of your dissertation in ProQuest. All unembargoed dissertations in Academic Commons are catalogued by major search engines.

Copyright Registration

Please note that under copyright law, you automatically hold a copyright on your work. This is why we have you include a copyright page in your dissertation. Copyright registration provides important practical and legal benefits beyond those you already enjoy as the creator of an original work. Columbia’s Copyright Advisory Office provides extensive information about copyright issues; of particular interest is this page, which explains your rights as the author of a dissertation or of any other original work.

If you are the sole author of your dissertation, you may proceed with single-author copyright registration through ProQuest/UMI. This service costs $55, and can be paid via credit card directly to ProQuest through the upload system. Dissertations that include coauthored text or materials must be registered directly with the US Copyright Office via a Standard Application.

Uploading Your Dissertation

Before beginning the upload process, please note the following; failure to do so may delay processing of your deposit.

    On the page marked "Dissertation/Thesis Details":

  • Under "Advisor/Committee Chair," provide your advisor/sponsor's name, not the chair of your dissertation defense committee. If you have two co-sponsors, list your primary academic sponsor as "Advisor # 1." You have two co-sponsors if at the time of your prospectus defense or MPhil application your department indicated two co-sponsors.
  • Under "Committee Members," do not include any names. Dissertations from Columbia are only catalogued with the author's name and the sponsor's name.

If you have read and understand the information above, click here to access the upload system.

4. Obtain and submit a signed Approval Card that certifies you have made all required revisions and that the dissertation has been approved for deposit by your sponsor and by your doctoral program.

All students who pass the dissertation defense should receive a blue-colored Approval Card. This card tells GSAS that any revisions given during the defense have been completed, and that the dissertation is ready to be deposited. The card must be signed by your sponsor, as well as your department chair, director of graduate studies, or program director. If you have left New York and are unable to obtain the necessary signatures, then contact the administrators for your doctoral program, who can get the signatures on your behalf. Extra Approval Cards are available at the reception area of 107 Low Library. The Approval Card is required for completion of the deposit, and should be submitted to the Dissertation Office in 107 Low Library.

Teachers College PhD Students: Submit your Approval Card to the Teachers College Office of Doctoral Studies.


For questions about the deposit process, please contact the Dissertation Office at gsas-dissertations [at] columbia.edu.

The Dissertation Office is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

107 Low Memorial Library
(212) 854-6723
dissertations [at] columbia.edu