It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the specific requirements of his/her theme, which may have requirements above those of the graduate school and the general GBS requirements.

After your committee has cleared you for final defense

  • Submit an outline of your dissertation to the theme director for approval before writing your dissertation
  • Submit a completed Application for Degree form - must be submitted no more than 3 weeks into the semester you plan to graduate
  • Set a date/time/place for both your private and public defense
  • Notify the GBS office of your intent and the dates
  • Provide your Program Manager with an updated CV and the title of your thesis so that handouts can be made and your defense advertised
  • Obtain approval forms from the Graduate School no less than 2 weeks before your public defense (these forms are to be signed off on by your committee, indicating approval for awarding of degree -- done after your private defense)
  • No later than 10 business days after your public defense, submit your final, completed dissertation as a single PDF. This is done online (see UAB Publication Agreement Form & UAB/ProQuest Submission Site Forms links) and requires a $65 charge.
  • Must complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates form


  1. 3 weeks into semester you plan to graduate: submit Application for Degree
  2. 2 weeks or more before your public defense: obtain Approval forms from Graduate School
  3. 10 business days after public defense -- deadline for submitting your dissertation

Important UAB Grad School Links:
Doctoral Degree Requirements
Dissertation  & Theses Submission Information
Dissertation Format Manual
Graduate School Deadline Dates

  - Application for Degree
  - Approval Forms
  - UAB Publication Agreement Form
  - Survey of Earned Doctorates
  - UAB/ProQuest Submission Site

UAB Dissertations Online
Print copies of UAB dissertations and theses can be found on the 2nd floor of Lister Hill Library under the W4 call number. You can also look up the specific title or author for a UAB health sciences thesis or dissertation in the catalog.

In addition to the catalog, UAB electronic theses and dissertations can be found in the UAB Digital Collections. Select a school from the drop-down box to see theses/dissertations from specific schools. Theses and dissertations are usually available 3 to 5 months after the student has graduated, unless the student has chosen an embargo period of either 6 months, 1 year or 2 years.

UAB theses and dissertations can also be found online in Proquest Dissertations & Theses at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

To search for dissertations and theses from other institutions, use the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database.