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.
Step-by-step submission guide
Please tell us which type of student you are:
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.
Target submission dates
Thesis, MBA reports, capstones, JAP:
Initial Draft: February 16
Graduation is March 30
This recording of last quarter's brief is made available to Distance Learning graduates. The brief for the March class will be uploaded around the end of the month.
March graduates: In person brief attendance is mandatory for resident students. (A recording of the previous brief is available on this page for DL students.) Future graduates are strongly encouraged to attend.
Two sessions are offered. You need attend only one:
Tuesday, January 9, at noon
Thursday, January 11, at noon (this session will be taped; doors will close at noon)
All sessions will be in the ME Auditorium (building 255 behind Watkins Hall, near the Sloat entrance).
The submission process, template, and forms are covered. Brief lasts approximately 55 minutes. Because procedures can vary from quarter to quarter, students are required to attend a brief during the quarter in which they graduate.