NPS thesis process - Thesis Processing Office

Submission Process, title

Submission Process


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Submission Process, overview

The Thesis Processing Office is the central collection point and publisher for NPS theses, dissertations, capstones and MBA professional reports (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, 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. Examples of the things we look for are provided here. The marked draft is then returned to the student, who must carry out the revisions globally in the thesis.


Submission Steps (Video)
Submission Process, step by step, which type are you?


Submission guidelines

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




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

  • Classified papers: Click here if you are writing a classified thesis.
  • FOUO papers: FOUO has been discontinued by the DOD. You must use a category under the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) system instead; see next bullet. 

  • CUI papers: Fill out the security menu in your thesis dashboard. Your First 8 Pages will then be formatted according to the CUI guidelines for you. Get more details hereFor your recommended timeline, choose from a student type below.

  • Export-controlled papers: For your recommended timeline, choose from a student type below. The only difference in the process is that you will use Box instead of SharePoint for file sharing. Box FAQs // Box introduction

Your recommended timeline is earlier than the thesis timeline. See "Due dates" below.

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

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Due Dates, Start Here / Submission Process Page


Due dates



Visit the top of our Home Page page for current and future due dates and deadlines.




Thesis Brief Widget, For Submission Page


Thesis brief



Visit our Thesis Brief page for the schedule, recording, and handouts.