Converting your Document to PDF

Before beginning this process, make sure to look at the checklist located at the end of the Thesis/Dissertation Handbook!

After converting your manuscript to PDF, you will need to fill in the Document Properties, embed your fonts, and set your bookmarks by using a version of Adobe Acrobat Professional. The computer labs on campus have this software available for you to use.  You may download a one week free trial at  To purchase this product, please use the same link.  The cost is $14.99 per month.  If you wait until closer to the deadline, you will find it will take us over a week to check your document due to the number of submissions so please understand that purchasing the product may be necessary.   

Once your document has been successfully converted to PDF format, update the Document Properties as described. Also, be sure that any hyperlinks are active and work correctly. Finally, set your bookmarks.  The bookmarks must include the preliminary pages, the major chapters, the bibliography and all appendices.  When setting your bookmarks make sure the pages are set to open at the top of the page.

For your convenience here are some instructions for embedding fonts, converting your files to PDF format, setting bookmarks, and  document properties. 

You can download a free 7-day trial to use Acrobat Professional DC at  Please keep in mind that we may not get to your document to review it within 7-days due to the number of submissions that come in at the time of your submission.  If you continue using this product, the cost is $14.99 per month.  This is supported by Adobe and you will need to contact them with any questions.