Guidelines for Master's Thesis Preparation
A. CHOOSING THE THESIS TOPIC
A thesis proposal and outline, approved by the
thesis sponsor, will be required of the candidate
prior to the registration of the topic with the
Graduate Advisor. The outline and proposal may
be modified during the research and writing period
with the approval of the sponsor. The sponsor
will notify the Graduate Advisor of any major
- The original and one copy of the thesis are
required to be deposited, after final approval
by the sponsor, reader, and the Graduate Advisor,
in the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences,
Room E812. The original is to be printed on
unpunched, white rag content, bond paper, 8
½ x 11 inch, 16 lb. minimum weight. Erasable
bond or other coated papers are not acceptable.
The copy must be a clean photocopy.
- Type impressions must be clean and dark; the
appearance must be neat and professional throughout.
Use twelve point type. Any mountings of charts,
graphs, photographs, and the like must be done
with a permanent adhesive; tape, staples, or
other mechanical fasteners are not to be used.
Poor photocopies of mounted material will not
be acceptable. If the insertion of oversize
material cannot be avoided, fold such sheets
from the right, top and bottom sides to coincide
with the 8 ½ by 11 inch page size.
- The title page shall bear the following description:
Submitted in partial fulfillment
requirements for the degree of Master of Arts,
Hunter College, the City University of New York
A sample title page may be
- No ink insertions are allowed except for diacritical
marks not accommodated by standard word processing
software. Such insertions must be made in permanent
black ink. Corrections may be made with an eraser
if then result is clean and clear. Striking
over or crossing out and error is not permitted.
- The left margin is to be one and one half
inches to permit binding; the top, bottom, and
right margins should be one inch.
- The text is to be double-spaced, except for
quotations of more than four lines which will
be set apart (single-spaced, indented). Footnotes
and bibliography will be single-spaced with
double spacing between notes and entries.
- Pages, including pages of illustrative material,
bibliography and appendices, are to be typed
and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals.
It is suggested that page numbers on all but
the final draft be penciled in lightly, because
revcisions may be required that shorten or lengthen
- For documentation use Kate L. Turabian, A
Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and
Dissertations or The Chicago Manual of Style,
documentary style one.
C. INITIAL SUBMISSION OF COMPLETED DRAFT
The required date of submission of a first draft
to the thesis sponsor shall be determined by the
sponsor in consultation with the candidate. This
date ordinarily will precede that for the final
draft by from four to six weeks. The second reader
should have at least four weeks to make comments
and require revisions.
D. SUBMISSION OF THE FINAL DRAFT
The candidate must submit the final draft at
least fifteen days before the final date for deposit
of the approved thesis in the Graduate Office.
E. BINDING FEE
The candidate pays the binding fee of $15.00
for one copy on the Bursar’s Office, room
HN 238, and obtains a thesis binding receipt which
is then presented to the Office of the Dean of
Arts and Sciences at the time two copies of the
approved thesis are deposited. After binding one
copy, both copies will be retained by the Hunter
F. DEPOSIT OF THE THESIS
Check the college calendar in the Schedule of
Classes for the final date for deposit of the
thesis in the term that the degree is expected
to be conferred. A thesis completed and approved
during the summer may be deposited on or before
August 20 for September graduation. The Sponsor
will sign and date, signifying approval, at the
bottom of the title page of both the original
and the copy of the thesis. A second reader’s
signature of approval is also required. The candidate
will then take the thesis to the graduate advisor,
who after ascertaining that the thesis and approval
are in proper form, will sign the Thesis Approval
Form, which is available for download here, and also in hardcopy from the History Department.
The candidate will deposit the original and one
copy of the thesis, the receipt for binding, and
the Thesis Approval Form in the Office of the
Dean of Arts and Sciences, room E812. The Dean’s
Office will complete the Thesis Approval Form
and give one copy to the candidate as evidence
of completion of the requirement.
For graduation in Summer 2009 :
The thesis MUST be handed in to the Graduate Advisor (two bound copies, signed off on by the 1st and 2nd reader , and a bursar's receipt) between August 3 and August 8 and to the Dean's Office between August 10 and August 15.