Theses and Dissertations

Have you ever heard the saying, “The best thesis is a finished thesis”?

Let’s get yours finished!

I provide proofreading, copy editing, substantive editing, and formatting services to PhD or MA students in the humanities and social sciences who are preparing to submit a thesis or dissertation (or any other shorter project, such as a research proposal, literature review, or journal article). In particular, I can

  • edit your manuscript for grammatical and spelling errors
  • improve your overall writing
  • coach you through the writing process
  • improve overarching structure and argumentation
  • format your project in accordance with your institution’s guidelines
  • help you finish!

I offer all graduate students a free writing sample (usually about one or two pages) upon request, so that you can get a better sense of my editing style and how exactly the editing process works. If you’d like to get started, simply send me a line.

Still have questions? Read my FAQ for graduate students.


Adriane M., PhD graduate (Calgary, AB):

Melissa formatted my doctoral dissertation. She had a great turn-around time, was very flexible with my often shifting deadlines, had no problem deciphering my cryptic instructions, and did an overall fantastic job! More than anything, my favourite part of working with Melissa is her attitude. Not only did she do a great job, but she was also a much-needed cheerleader. I have been recommending Melissa to everyone I know.