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Guidelines for Preparing Master's Theses in Arts & Sciences

The following are general requirements for master's theses submitted within the School of Arts and Sciences. Candidates should check with their departments for information about any additional requirements specific to their degree programs.

Choosing the Thesis Topics, Submitting Drafts

The degree candidate should consult her/his graduate advisor for the requirements of the graduate program with regard to choosing the thesis topic and submitting the first and final drafts. The deadlines for the submission of drafts are determined by the graduate program.

Guide for Preparing the Thesis

The thesis must be typewritten, and its appearance must be neat throughout. The thesis must be printed on 8 ½" x 11" unpunched, white, rag-content bond paper of at least 16 lb. weight. "Erasable bond" or other coated papers are not acceptable. The Library recommends paper of archival quality (acid-free, alkaline pH, 100% cotton fiber).

The left margin of both text and illustrations must be a minimum of 1.5 inches to permit binding. The right-hand and top and bottom margins should be 1 inch. Text should be double-spaced throughout, except for quotations of more than four lines, which should be set apart (single-spaced and indented). Footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography should be single-spaced, with double-spacing between notes and entries. Pages — including pages of illustrative material, bibliography, and appendices — should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals.

No ink insertions are allowed, except for diacritical marks not offered by any font. Such insertions must be made in permanent black ink. Corrections may be made if the result is clean and clear. Striking over or crossing out an error is not permitted.

Illustrations, graphs, charts, and photographs must also be printed or mounted with a permanent adhesive on the type of paper described above. Tape, staples, or other fasteners are not acceptable. The graduate program should be consulted for its regulations about photocopied illustrations. If the insertion of oversized material cannot be avoided, such material should be folded from right to left, and the left side should allow one and one-half inches for binding.

Thesis Title Page

The first page of the thesis should bear the title of the thesis, the name of the candidate, the year of completion, the names and signatures of the thesis sponsor and second reader, and the following inscription:

Submitted in partial fulfillment
of the requirements for the degree of
Master of Arts
Hunter College of the City University of New York

Also see the title page template in MS Word format.

Multiple Copies of the Thesis

A graduate program may require students to submit a second copy of the thesis in addition to the single copy required by the Dean’s Office for binding and microfilming by the Library. Candidates should consult their graduate programs about requirements for the additional copy. Candidates may also submit additional copies to be bound for their personal libraries provided they submit a Bursar's receipt covering the appropriate fees (see "Binding Fee" below).

Thesis Approval

The thesis should be read by two faculty readers (a sponsor and a second reader), and their approval should be certified by their signatures on the title page of the thesis. When the thesis has been approved by the thesis sponsor and second reader, it is brought to the departmental graduate advisor. If the advisor is satisfied that the thesis has met departmental requirements, she or he signs the thesis approval form that has been completed by the candidate.


Each graduate program sets its own deadline for the final approval of the thesis. The department-approved thesis must then be deposited in the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (room 812 Hunter East) at least two weeks prior to the date of graduation at which the degree is conferred.

Binding Fee

Candidates must pay a binding fee of $15.00 per submitted copy to the Bursar's Office (room 238 Hunter North). NOTE: The Bursar's receipt for all binding fees must be submitted to the Dean's Office along with the copies for binding.

Depositing Theses

At minimum, one signed, approved copy of the thesis is to be deposited in the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, located in room 812 Hunter East. Thesis copies should be submitted in envelopes or boxes listing the candidate's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and program.

The following items must be presented to the Dean's Office when depositing a thesis:

  1. At least one copy of signed thesis (identified as requested above)
  2. completed thesis approval form, signed by the graduate advisor
  3. Bursar's receipt covering expenses for binding all submitted copies of the thesis

When the thesis has been accepted by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the thesis approval form will be signed and forwarded to the degree-audit department of the Registrar's Office to certify final approval. A copy will be forwarded to the department's graduate advisor. The Dean's Office will deposit the thesis in the Library.

THESIS DEADLINE:  In order to be considered for Summer 2014 graduation, all master's theses should be submitted by Monday August 18th at 5p.m. to room East 812 (School of Arts & Sciences - Main Office) 

Dean's Office hours for thesis deposits are as follows:
Tuesdays 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Thursdays 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

If you have any questions about master's theses, please contact your graduate advisor or the Dean's Office, School of Arts & Sciences, at (212) 772-5121.

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