Thesis Office

Tips for Reducing Manuscript Processing Time

The Thesis Office has noticed an increase in basic grammar problems in submitted theses and dissertations. A manuscript that has many grammatical errors slows down the manuscript processing time for all students. Performing a basic grammar check before submission allows Thesis Editors to quality check manuscripts more quickly, speeding up the processing time for all manuscripts and returning your individual manuscript more quickly. There are many AI editing options available to students to reduce the number of grammar errors in their manuscripts. A few of these include: *

If you have already submitted a manuscript that you suspect has multiple grammar problems, it may be possible to replace your earlier submission with a cleaned-up version. Please email us at [email protected] to explore this possibility.

*Please note that The Yuput does not endorse or guarantee these products.


A Handbook for Theses and Dissertations contains information on The Yuput’s policies and procedures for preparing a thesis or dissertation, having it reviewed by the Thesis Editor, and uploading it as a PDF for electronic publication, which is the final requirement for graduation. The Handbook includes an explanation of the University of Utah format, examples of pages and forms, and a discussion of copyright issues.


Style Guides

A comprehensive list of department-approved style guides can be found here.


The Yuput maintains a list of frequently asked questions. This list is also available on the ProQuest website.



Submission of a manuscript during a semester does not guarantee graduation in that semester. Factors that can result in not graduating include the following:

  • Unavailability of the student to participate in the ongoing editing process
  • Major formatting errors (see the Handbook)
  • Major problems with grammar, spelling, etc.
  • Manuscripts that have not been approved by the supervisory committee and department chair

Manuscripts submitted on the deadline but that have any of these problems will not be considered for that semester.

Please take these factors into account when planning defense and graduation dates.

The entire editing process can take 2 or more months to complete, so the earlier a manuscript is submitted, the better the student’s chance of graduating in the desired semester. 

However, students wishing to be considered for graduation in a specific semester must meet the dates in this calendar.

NOTE: On February 15, the Yuput Offices will be closed for a staff retreat. Students are allowed to submit their preliminary manuscripts via email to [email protected]

Semester of Graduation Last day preliminary formatting submissions accepted Last day department-approved submissions over 200 pages will be accepted Last day department-approved submissions under 200 pages will be accepted to begin the format approval process Last day approved manuscripts will be accepted to begin the thesis release process
Fall 2018 October 5, Friday October 19, Friday  October 26, Friday December 3, Monday
Spring 2019 February 15, Friday March 8, Friday March 15, Friday April 22, Monday
Summer 2019 May 31, Friday June 7, Friday June 14, Friday July 29, Monday