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Doctorate in Journalism and Mass Communication

Final steps

The final steps to complete your Doctorate of Philosophy in Journalism degree is to fill out and submit a series of forms. Fill out and submit these forms in the following order. 

  1. Journalism & Mass Communication Abstract Form (pdf): Give the filled-in form to your committee chair or give to Jammie Johnson.
  2. Title Page from your dissertation: Fill out in hard copy. Put the name of your dissertation on the page with the required language. Fill in the names of your committee members, their titles and the date the defense is approved. Give the filled-in form to your committee chair or to Jammie Johnson. Each of your committee members will sign this form. 
  3. Acceptance Page for your dissertation: Fill out in hard copy. Put the name of your dissertation on the page with the required language. Sign the form at the top where indicated. Fill in the names of your committee members, their titles and the date the defense was approved. Only your chair will sign this form, so you do not need to create lines for other signatures. Give the filled-in form to your committee chair or give to Jammie Johnson. Only your committee chair will sign this form. 
  4. Abstract from your dissertation (pdf): Fill out in hard copy. Give your abstract to your committee chair or Jammie Johnson.
  5. ETD Submission Form (pdf): Fill out this form and give to Jammie Johnson. 
  6. Graduate Program Graduation Survey: Fill out this form and give to Jammie Johnson.
  7. Doctoral Completion Survey: Complete the online form on the Graduate Studies website.
  8. From Defense to Hooding (Pdf):  A diagram on the process from applying for graduation to the hooding ceremony.

*Turn in the forms described in 1 through 6 above at the same time and in this order. The acceptance page should be the second page of the dissertation and should be the first numbered page. Forms are due on the last day of classes each semester.

E-file your dissertation:

  1. Convert Your Dissertation to PDF: PDF preserves the layout and formatting of your original document (including fonts, and special characters, like formulas) while allowing anyone with the free Adobe Reader software to access your content. PDF also makes it easier to maintain archived documents, helping ensure that those documents can continue to be read years from now, despite changes in software used to create them. For assistance in creating PDFs, contact Instructional Services (864-0410 or training@ku.edu).
  1. Publication Requirement: Instructions for Submitting your Dissertation:
    Before qualifying for a PhD degree, you must arrange for publication of your dissertation through UMI Dissertation Publishing on or before the date specified by the Graduate School or the Office of Graduate Studies on the KUMC campus. All dissertations must be submitted electronically through the ProQuest/UMI website. Before logging in, you should know or have available:
    • The finished dissertation in PDF form including the title and acceptance pages without signatures
    • Abstract of no more than 150 words. The abstract should explain the problem with which the thesis deals, the methods used in the investigations and the results obtained and conclusions reached.
    • Title of dissertation
    • Year degree awarded
    • Year manuscript completed
    • Type of degree
    • Department
    • Name of adviser

Graduate Admission Questions?

Admission questions may be directed to our graduate advisor, Jammie Johnson (785-864-7649), or our associate dean of graduate studies, Scott Reinardy (785-864-7691).

Also refer to the Graduate Handbook.

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