Macdonald-Kelce Library

Institutional Repository

A guide to get you started on formatting and submitting your completed papers to the University of Tampa's Institutional Repository

MFA Thesis

MFA THESIS: As part of the requirements for the degree, the student completes many drafts and revisions, resulting in the master's thesis, a substantial manuscript of original work in the selected genre.

After approval by the program director, fifth-term students are required to submit an electronic version of their thesis to the Macdonald-Kelce Library for inclusion in the digital repository, which is accessible on the internet. Embargoes of full text may be selected for one, three or five years, or none at all. 

Exceptions: For students wishing to embargo their work permanently, signatures must be obtained from the program director and the associate dean for graduate and continuing studies. If a permanent embargo is approved, restricted access to The University of Tampa community (which includes current faculty, staff, students, emeritus faculty and walk-ins to the library) via authenticated log-in will be activated instead.


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Steps for Submitting your MFA Thesis

1) Complete and have your Thesis signed by your advisor(s)

2) Fill out the ETD Agreement Form.

3) Email your advisor(s) the completed forms (Thesis pdf and above ETD form). These will be sent to the Library for inclusion in the UoTIR.

About embargoes:

MFA students at The University of Tampa have an option to embargo their work when submitting to the repository. This means that you can choose to permanently restrict access of your work to The University of Tampa community, or place a 1, 3, or 5 year embargo on the work, making it available only to the University community for this set time, before releasing it freely on the web through the repository. Students also have the option to make their work freely available online through the repository immediately.

Submission Form Policy

Only submissions accompanied by fully completed forms will be accepted by the repository for inclusion. This includes all fields, embargo selected, and all required signatures. Forms are fillable online; please use Adobe signature to complete. You may also print the form out to complete, and then scan and return.

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