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IT Support

You can contact IT Help Center by calling 1400 from on campus.

Common Login Questions

Students and Faculty: You can log into the ETD system at any time by visiting using your CSUN credentials. You do not need to wait for a confirmation email to login to the ETD system.

Off-campus Committee Members: You will receive an email with login instructions.

What is ETD?

ETD stands for Electronic Thesis and Dissertation System. ETD is a web application designed to replace the thesis paperwork students must file with Graduate Studies. ETD also eliminates the need for students to print and bind copies of their theses. Using ETD, student theses are submitted to the Oviatt Library's online repository, ScholarWorks. Once submitted to ScholarWorks, the theses will be available and searchable online.

ETD does NOT replace department-specific thesis requirements or workflow. It is essential that students using ETD consult with their department's graduate coordinator about department specific graduation requirements and thesis requirements.

ETD also does NOT replace any of the direct communication between faculty committee members and students. In this way, it does not change any established thesis advisement channels and processes.

ETD and the Thesis Workflow

The electronic forms that students submit through ETD are just a small part of the thesis workflow. To view a diagram of how ETD fits into the overall workflow for completing a thesis, select one of the links below.
Student Workflow (PDF) | Text-Only Instructions (PDF)
Faculty and Committee Member Workflow (PDF) | Text-Only Instructions (PDF)
Graduate Coordinator Workflow (PDF) | Text-Only Instructions (PDF)

Benefits of ETD

California State University Northridge’s implementation of the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) system includes many advantages for students and faculty as they work through the thesis process. These advantages include not only convenience and cost benefits, but campus-wide research and environmental benefits as well.

ETD saves students time and money as it allows them to work from home and avoid unnecessary trips to campus for thesis paperwork and appointments. Likewise, it allows students to avoid the costs of bindery fees, expensive stationery, and printing-related costs. For faculty, ETD provides the flexibility to sign thesis paperwork at their convenience, and the ability to closely track a student’s workload and progress throughout each step of the student’s thesis process.

In addition to saving time and money, the ability to publish student work electronically provides the university with several benefits. Through the online publication of student work, ETD makes student research more rapidly available to a broader, global audience. Likewise, as online publication increases the speed and breadth of the distribution of student research, it gives students who are just beginning the research process easier access to other student theses.

Online publication not only increases the visibility of student work. It also allows for a much richer expression of student knowledge and research. With ETD, students are no longer limited to text as the primary medium for their work. Students can publish their thesis with multiple media types, ranging from audio and video files to large data sets and computer applications.

Finally, CSUN’s pioneering effort in this field allows the campus to reduce its carbon footprint, as the electronic process reduces unnecessary paper and publishing materials that are costly and taxing on the environment.

For answers to frequently asked questions, click on one of the links below.
Student FAQs (PDF)
Committee Member and Faculty FAQs (PDF)
Graduate Coordinator FAQs (PDF)

IT Support

You can contact IT Help Center by calling 1400 from on campus.

Department Requirements

For questions about specific department requirements, including requirements for your thesis proposal, deadlines for submitting your draft to your chair, and graduation requirements, contact your department’s graduate coordinator.

Your graduate coordinator’s contact information can be found on your department’s website.
Click here for a complete list of CSUN departments.

General Questions about ETD

If you have general questions about using ETD, or about forms you submitted through ETD, contact your Graduate Evaluator at the office of Research and Graduate Studies (RGS).

Graduate Evaluators Contact Information

Student Last Initial Evaluator Name Email Phone Number
A - L Tanya Kiapos (818) 677-4800
M - Z Judy Roberts (818) 677-4800
N/A Lani Kiapos (818) 677-4800