Instructions for Submitting a Thesis

The following steps must be completed before the library will notify your department that you are formally eligible for graduation. If you have any questions or need help, please contact us at or phone (630) 752-5964 .

1. Ensure that your thesis is complete and formatted properly

Front matter: Your thesis must contain the following pages, in this order: fly leaf (blank sheet), title, certification (typed names of your faculty advisors with actual signatures only on paper copies), disclaimer, dedication (optional), abstract, table of contents.

Margins: 1 ½ inches on the left side of each page, 1 inch on the other three sides.

Pagination: Paginate front matter using lower case roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv and so forth). Paginate the body of your thesis, including bibliography, appendixes, etc., using arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, and so forth). Use your word processor’s tools for creating tables of contents and cross references in order to ensure that pagination remains consistent when you create the PDF file in step #2, below.

Formatting: To align text, use tabs instead of the space bar. Insert page breaks to start a new page. Use section breaks to change the format bet ween pages.

2. Convert your thesis to PDF format and email a copy to

If you do not have access to PDF creation software, use the free service available at (Click in the “New User” area. An option will be provided for free service.)

Carefully examine the entire PDF file, checking in particular the appearance of all fonts and page breaks.

In the PDF version, the certification page must include the typed names of your faculty advisors but should not include their actual signatures.

Buswell Library will forward a PDF copy of your thesis to the Theological Research Exchange Network (see step #3, below). Master of arts in teaching (action research papers) will not be sent to TREN.

3. Submit the following other items to Buswell Library

a) Buswell Library thesis form, available at Form must be signed by Acting Dean of the Graduate School Nicholas Perrin.

b) Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) form, available at Omit this step for master of arts in teaching (action research papers). TREN is a repository of theses and dissertations written by students at Christian colleges and seminaries. Based on the permissions you grant on the agreement form, TREN will list and/or sell copies of your thesis from its website at TREN is the primary means by which your thesis will become known and read by others beyond Wheaton.

c) You may submit paper copies of your thesis to be bound for your own use, if desired.

To submit the thesis:

  • Package securely and send through campus mail, addressed to Buswell Library Administrative Office.
  • Package securely and send through postal mail, addressed to Buswell Library Administrative Office, Wheaton College, 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, IL, 60187.
  • Deliver in person to Room 224, Buswell Library. To ensure that we will be available when you arrive, please email or call (630) 752 - 5964 to make an appointment.

d) All necessary payments (as listed on Buswell Library thesis form).

4. A note about copyright

As the author of your thesis, you automatically own the copyright to your work. You do not need to register your copyright with the U.S. copyright office, although you may want to do so for the following reasons. First, registration creates a public record of copyright, which will provide other parties with a means of contacting you to ask permission for uses of your work that exceed the standard provisions granted in US. copyright law. Second, registration is required if ever you wish to bring suit against another party for violating your copyright.

If you wish to register your copyright, TREN can assist you, or you may register directly at There is a registration fee.

In submitting your work to TREN, you are granting TREN a non - exclusive right to display, copy, and profit from sales of your work. You remain the copyright holder, and you are free to enter into other arrangements with other parties in the future, including other publishers.

The copy of your thesis that you supply for the library’s collection may be used by others according to the provisions granted in U.S. copyright law, in the same manner as all other library materials.