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Dissertations and Theses

About the Dissertation Office

The Graduate Center Dissertation Office assists students with depositing a dissertation, thesis, or capstone project in the library. A dissertation or thesis constitutes an original contribution to a field of knowledge, and library deposit ensures that the work will be accessible to researchers. Some degree programs at The Graduate Center also require library deposit for capstone projects. Check with your program office for detailed graduation requirements.

Library deposit is the final degree requirement to be completed for graduation. Deadlines are officially listed in the Academic Calendar, and reproduced on these pages for convenience.

The Dissertation Office is located on the 2nd floor of the Mina Rees Library.

Master's Degree Programs and Deposit

Library deposit is a degree requirement for all doctoral programs. Some master's programs at the Graduate Center do not require a library deposit in order to complete the degree. See detailed list below; direct questions to your degree program or the Office of the Registrar.

Degree Program Deposit Requirement
Astrophysics (M.S.) Must deposit thesis.
Biography and Memoir (M.A.) Must deposit thesis. Capstone projects not deposited.
Classics (M.A.) Must deposit thesis/capstone project.
Cognitive Neuroscience (M.S.) Must deposit thesis.
Comparative Literature (M.A.) Must deposit thesis/capstone project.
Data Analysis and Visualization (M.S.) Must deposit thesis/capstone project.
Data Science (M.S.) No deposit required.
Digital Humanities (M.A.) Must deposit thesis/capstone project.
International Migration Studies (M.A.) Must deposit capstone project.
Liberal Studies (M.A.) Must deposit thesis/capstone project.
Linguistics (M.A.) Must deposit thesis.
Middle Eastern Studies (M.A.) Must deposit thesis. Capstone projects not deposited.
Nanoscience (M.S.) Must deposit thesis.
Philosophy (M.A.) No deposit required.
Political Science (M.A.) Must deposit thesis.
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (M.S.) No deposit required.
Women and Gender Studies (M.A.) Must deposit thesis.