Web Content Display Web Content Display

Submission Process

Web Content Display Web Content Display

The Thesis Processing Office is the central collection point and publisher for NPS theses, dissertations, capstones, MBA Professional Reports, and joint applied projects (hereafter referred to as “theses”). Each student is required to work with a thesis processor in his or her final quarter. We ensure that the thesis 1) meets NPS's format requirements, 2) meets high copyediting standards, 3) has all signatures, and 4) is properly marked with the faculty-designated DOD distribution statement. We also work to prevent the publication of plagiarized material, personally identifiable information (PII), unapproved human-subjects research, and nonpermissive copyrighted material. Theses are cataloged by the NPS library and DTIC.

During the thesis review, your thesis processor will focus on the "finishing touches" such as formatting, grammar, punctuation, and style. Examples of things we mark are inconsistent capitalization, citation use inconsistent with the declared citation style, images wider than the page margins, mismatching cross references, typos, inconsistent paragraph justification, spelling errors, and the like. Click here for more examples of the things we look for. The marked draft is then returned to the student, who must carry out the revisions globally in the thesis.


Web Content Display Web Content Display

Step-by-step submission guide

Web Content Display Web Content Display

Please tell us which type of student you are:

  • Classified papers: Click here if you are writing a classified thesis.
  • FOUO papers: Click here for marking guidance. For your recommended timeline, choose from a student type below.

Your recommended timeline is earlier than the thesis timeline. To be nominated as a current-quarter graduate, you must receive your Dissertation Acceptance Letter by close of business on Friday the 10th week of the quarter (two weeks before graduation day). See "Target submission dates" below.

Use the step-by-step guide under "I am a resident student" below with your submission dates in mind.

Will you be using the free editing service provided by NPS?




NPS provides free thesis editing of nearly final drafts to international students. Do keep in mind that editing will require extra time.

Web Content Display Web Content Display


Target submission dates 

March graduates:

Thesis, MBA reports, capstones, JAP:

Initial Draft: February 16
Final Draft: March 16

Dissertation dates click here

International students using an editor, click here

Graduation is March 30

Future Quarters

The Fine Print

Web Content Display Web Content Display


Web Content Display Web Content Display

This recording of last quarter's brief is being made available to Distance Learning graduates. The brief for the March class will be uploaded around the end of the month.

Web Content Display Web Content Display


Web Content Display Web Content Display



Web Content Display Web Content Display

The brief tailored to the March class have been held. The submission process, template, and forms were covered.


A recording of the March session will be provided here by the end of the month.


Because procedures can vary from quarter to quarter, students are required to attend a brief during the quarter in which they graduate.