Signature Policy

If required, all forms must have all appropriate signatures. In addition to original (wet) signatures, the following methods of signing are acceptable:

  • printing, signing, scanning, and emailing the form
  • notifying the department in an email from their university's or institution's email account that the committee chair can sign the form on their behalf
  • downloading and digitally signing the form per our instructions using the university's licensed platform (which is currently Adobe Acrobat)*

If this process results in more than one document with signatures, all documents need to be submitted to The Graduate College together.




Forms for Thesis Students

Forms for All Master's Students


Doctoral students must complete forms A-G in order. Forms submitted to The Graduate College out of order will not be processed, which can delay scholarships, grants, and graduation. Thesis and dissertation forms may be filled out and signed electronically and sent via email to The Graduate College at

*These forms require Faculty NetID of the graduate faculty advisor or department chair to access.
**These forms must be signed electronically.
***One of the degree requirements for students in Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs is the final defense of a dissertation. A defense is an oral examination that includes a public presentation of the research, and an examination/evaluation by the faculty (this portion is closed to the public).  This required form must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the dissertation defense and by doctoral program faculty or staff only.