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Educational Leadership

Resources related to U.S. and international educational leadership

Working on Your Dissertation or Thesis

The purpose of this page is to give you assistance with the dissertation/theses process.

If you need assistance search strategies, citation management, or systematic review searching, schedule an appointment with the Education Librarian, Chrstopher Lowder. Appointments require 24 hour notice.  We can meet face to face or virtually if that is more convenient.

University Dissertation & Theses Services

The University Dissertation & Theses Services (UDTS) is here to help you this this portion of your degree. All graduate and PhD students writing theses and dissertations are required to submit their documents to UDTS ( for Format Review. The Format Review Deadline for the Spring 2024 Semester is 5:00pm EST on Friday, April 19.


Listed below, you will find information about each step of the process, UDTS resources, workshops, and frequently asked questions.

The Process
These are the major steps you must complete in order to prepare, format, complete, and submit your thesis or dissertation. Not all Master's students are required to defend; please check with your college/school/department to confirm.  Click on the links below to read more specific information about each step.

Get templates to properly format your dissertation, thesis, or project, and schedule an appointment in order to graduate on time from the UDTS web page.

To register for a UDTS workshop, please visit the library's workshop calendar. Workshops go over format templates and the submission process. They are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Data Services

Located in the Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC), Data Services helps you find, access, and use statistical, geospatial and qualitative data as well as related software. Data Services staff instructs and consults on data discovery, acquisition and use, data management and data management plans, GIS, methodology, and more. 


For more information, check out

or contact us at

2700 Fenwick Library 

George Mason University Writing Center

The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free writing support to Mason students, faculty and staff. Accomplished graduate and undergraduate students provide face-to-face tutoring, online tutoring, and workshops. They work with writers through all stages of the writing process from brainstorming and organizing to revising and polishing. To meet with a Writing Center tutor please schedule a virtual or face-to-face appointment.

ESL students who would like additional assistance can apply for the Writing Center's Opt-In Program.