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Fall 2021: What to know about using the Mina Rees Library.

Research Guides

Dissertations and Theses

Approval Pages: To ease the burden of obtaining and processing physical signatures for students, the library’s Dissertation Office has modified the procedure for verifying departmental approval of a student’s deposit.

As of March 13, 2020 and until further notice: in lieu of the signed approval page, the library will accept an email from the program executive officer confirming that the dissertation/thesis/capstone project has been approved and is ready to deposit. This single email, sent from a CUNY email address, will suffice for both signatures on the approval page; no library verification from the advisor is necessary at this time.

Please send emails to Roxanne Shirazi and cc:

Virtual Office Hours

Tuesdays, 1-3pm

The Dissertation Office holds virtual office hours for drop-in video consultations on Tuesdays from 1-3pm. Advance registration is not required, but you must fill out the registration form to be connected. If another student is being assisted, you'll be kept in the "waiting room" until the librarian is available.

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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
Biography and Memoir Must deposit thesis/capstone project in library.
Classics Must deposit thesis/capstone project in library.
Cognitive Neuroscience Must deposit thesis in library.
Comparative Literature Must deposit thesis/capstone project in library.
Data Analysis and Visualization Must deposit thesis/capstone project in library.
Data Science No deposit required.
Digital Humanities Must deposit thesis/capstone project in library.
International Migration Studies Must deposit capstone project in library.
Liberal Studies Must deposit thesis/capstone project in library.
Middle Eastern Studies Must deposit thesis in library. Capstone projects not deposited.
Nanoscience TBD
Philosophy No deposit required.
Political Science Must deposit thesis in library.
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences No deposit required.
Women and Gender Studies Must deposit thesis in library.