Apply to graduate (in CUNYfirst) for the September 2019 degree by September 2, 2019.
Deadline to complete deposit is September 16, 2019.
Schedule your defense at least five (5) business days prior to depositing to allow time for corrections and revisions.
A dissertation or thesis may be deposited anytime; deadlines appear in the academic calendar and are reproduced below:
|For Degree||Enrollment Required||Deposit Required By|
|February 1, 2020||Preceding Fall term||January 28, 2020|
|May 2020 (Commencement)||Spring term||April 30, 2020|
|September 30, 2019||Preceding Spring term||September 16, 2019|
Students should check with their programs about submission and approval deadlines that may be required in addition to the library deadlines above.
Deposit Procedures (revised for September 2018 graduates)
Items to Consider
Doctoral and Master's graduates are generally required to produce a dissertation, thesis, or capstone project to be preserved and shared publicly by the Graduate Center Library. A preliminary review meeting prior to deposit is optional. See Format for Deposit guidelines for specifications about layout, file formats, adding supplementary files, pagination, and approval pages.
Apply for graduation. This should be done at least 2 weeks prior to depositing with the library. View screenshots and detailed instructions for this action in CUNYfirst. Login to CUNYfirst and select Student Center from the main menu. Under Academics, click on My Academics and select "Apply for Graduation.” Click on the “Apply for Graduation” link located next to your current Graduate Center degree program. You may be prompted to select a graduation term if more than one is available. Students filing for the February degree date should select the preceding Fall term; students filing for the May/June degree should select the current Spring term; students filing for the September degree should select the Summer term preceding the date of the degree. This will notify various offices at the Graduate Center, including the Library, that you plan to deposit a dissertation, thesis, or capstone project for the next degree date. Students can “View Graduation Status” to see when each program has been applied, approved (all degree requirements met), or awarded (degree has been conferred).
Complete exit surveys (voluntary). Doctoral graduates: NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates. Master’s students complete only the CUNY Graduate Center Exit Questionnaire for Graduating MA Students. All surveys are voluntary and information is kept confidential.
Upload files. When you are satisfied that your document complies with the library's format guidelines, proceed with uploading your PDF file. View the step-by-step instructions for uploading to CUNY Academic Works (required for all graduates) and ProQuest (required for doctoral dissertations only) and submit the final approved version of the dissertation, thesis, or capstone project. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of deposited work. Final version must be free of typographical errors and correct in every detail of style and format. The Dissertation Office will review and approve submissions and contact students if changes are required.
Submit the signed original approval page to the library. The printed and signed approval page must be delivered to the library for authentication and safekeeping. The approval page may be printed on standard paper. Please ensure that the approval page includes the title and author of the manuscript; if necessary, a separate title page may be attached.
NOTE: For Psychology, the EO’s Office hand delivers the approval page to the Dissertation Librarian after processing.
Students should bring the signed original approval page to the Dissertation Office (room 2304) on the 2nd floor (recommended). Students may send it via post (include delivery confirmation) to:
Attn: Dissertation Office
Library 2nd floor, Room 2304
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify the Dissertation Office (room 2304) that the signed original approval page is en route. Students are strongly encouraged to keep a scanned copy for their records. The Dissertation Office will confirm receipt within 1-2 business days. The deposit is not considered complete unless the signed original approval page has been received and processed by the library.
Congratulations! Your deposit is complete and has been accepted by the library. Notification that the library deposit has been completed will be sent via email to the graduating student and to the Registrar’s office.
How long does it take to complete my deposit?
Can I wait until the deadline to upload my dissertation/thesis/capstone?
How do I know what graduation term to select in CUNYfirst?
I applied for graduation in CUNYfirst but I accidentally chose the wrong semester. How can I update it to the correct degree date?
I applied for graduation in CUNYfirst, but my plans have changed. Can I cancel it?
Where do I find the Approval Page?
Is any special paper required for the Approval Page?
Do I need to wait until I submit the Approval Page before uploading my file(s)?
Are landscape-oriented pages allowed in my document?
What is the difference between a table and a figure?
How should I format the captions on my tables and figures?
How do I make my bibliography appear after any endnotes in MS Word?
Will my dissertation/thesis/capstone project appear online?
It depends! The library requires 2-3 business days to review your online submission to ensure the document complies with our format requirements. If any revisions are necessary, you'll need to make the changes to your document and upload a revised version. Edits are usually reviewed within 24-48 hours. Once the uploaded files are approved, we'll check to see if your signed original approval page is on file. If it is, we'll process the deposit and you'll receive a confirmation email at your GC address. If not, the deposit will sit, unprocessed, until the paperwork is received. Most deposits are completed within a week of being submitted.
In order to make the deadline for the degree date, the following conditions must be met by the close of business on the stated deadline: 1) your signed original Approval Page must have been received by the library's Dissertation Office; 2) you must have uploaded your final document to CUNY Academic Works; 3) you must have uploaded your final document to ProQuest (doctoral dissertations only). As long as these three conditions are met, you will make the deadline for the degree date. Please note that if you wait until the last day to upload your documents, the library will still take 2-3 business days to complete our review, and you will not receive official notification until the process is complete. Bear in mind that this is an online submission process, and may be subject to technological difficulties beyond our control. For this reason, we highly recommend submitting your dissertation/thesis/capstone at least 2-3 days before the deadline.
Choose the last semester in which you will enroll. For a May degree, select the current Spring term; for a September degree, select the previous Summer term (even if you are not enrolled in summer classes); for a February degree, select the previous Fall term.
Unfortunately, students cannot edit this information directly. Instead, email email@example.com to have your graduation semester updated in CUNYfirst. Students may view the current graduation status information by logging into CUNYfirst and going to My Academics. Next to your current program of study at the GC, select "View graduation status" to see what graduation term you have selected.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to remove the application for graduation in CUNYfirst. You will need to register to meet the enrollment requirements of future degree dates. Bear in mind that the action in CUNYfirst notifies the Office of the Registrar, Bursar, Financial Aid, the Office of International Students, and the Library that you will be leaving the Graduate Center soon; these offices will review your records for any outstanding issues and place holds as necessary. Holds may affect future registration if you do not deposit. It is the responsibility of the student to clear any holds prior to the registration deadline.
The Approval Page is not a form, per se, but an actual page that you create and insert in the front matter of your manuscript. Think of it as a second title page, or a signed cover page to your work. The library provides guidelines for the format, but you are responsible for creating the page and printing it out to obtain the required signatures (see sample page).
No, the Approval Page may be printed on standard printer paper.
No, these steps may be completed in any order. If you upload your files prior to submitting your signed Approval Page, the library will review the format but will not be able to complete the deposit until your signatures are received.
Yes, landscape pages are allowed but the pagination must maintain consistency with the portrait pages in case the document is printed. This means you can either: a) rotate the image/table/figure and keep the page itself in portrait, or b) format the entire page in landscape. If you choose to do the latter, you will need to adjust the placement of the page numbers and manually rotate them to maintain consistency with the other pages. For assistance doing this in MS Word, please see this helpful guide (complete with screenshots and video tutorials): http://guides.lib.umich.edu/c.
* Update for MS Word 2016 (PC), for pagination in the footer:
1. Insert > Edit Footer > remove “Link to previous” setting on all landscape sections and the portrait sections following them
2. Go to landscape page and delete the existing page number from the footer
3. Insert > Page number dropdown > Page Margins > Plain numbers > Large Left
4. Highlight number > Apply styles > scroll down to select Footer style
5. Click Layout options icon > See more > set vertical alignment to match location of pagination on portrait pages (top=left, bottom=right) and choose relative to margin
6. In the Drawing Tools ribbon menu, click on Format > Text Direction > Rotate all text 90 degrees
Tables are tabular data, arranged in a system of rows and columns. Figures can be any non-textual element, such as a graph, chart, illustration, photograph, etc.
Follow the advice given in your disciplinary style manual. All tables and figures should be labeled and numbered; these are then listed in preliminary pages (see List of Tables/Figures/etc. for more information). Table captions appear above the table, while figure captions appear below the figure. If the table or figure is reproduced from another publication or uses external data, you need to include "Source: ..." and either full publication information or a parenthentical/footnote reference (be sure to include that work in your document's list of references). If you took the photograph, indicate that with a "Photo by author" statement in the caption. If you obtained permission to reproduce the table/figure, include the note, "Reprinted, by permission, from [citation]."
The library format guidelines specify that the bibliography must appear after all appendices and endnotes, but it can be tricky to achieve this in MS Word. To do this, you'll need to create a section break after the endnotes and change the settings in the page format menu dialog to "suppress" endnotes. Full instructions are available here.
CUNY Academic Works is an open, online digital repository managed by CUNY's Office of Library Services; it is indexed by Google Scholar, so citation information (title, author, abstract) will appear in Google search results. Depending on your embargo selection, the full text of your dissertation/thesis/capstone project may be available for public download. Graduating students have the option to delay public release of the full text by selecting an embargo (see details on the embargo tab above). Doctoral dissertations also appear in ProQuest's Dissertations & Theses Global database, which is only available through institutions with an active subscription; full-text access is determined by embargo options selected during the submission process.
The same bindery that produced the library's print dissertations and theses offers a "thesis on demand" service. Simply upload your PDF and select your color, materials, and other preferences to have a personal copy printed, bound, and delivered to you or your department.
This will notify various offices at the Graduate Center, including the Library, that you plan to deposit a dissertation, thesis, or capstone project for the next degree date.
Do this at least two weeks prior to uploading your documents.
Ph.D. graduates are requested to complete:
Master's graduates are requested to complete:
All surveys are voluntary and information is kept confidential.
View the step-by-step instructions. You will create an account and provide descriptive data about your submission before uploading a PDF version of your manuscript and any supplemental files. The library will review your submission and notify you if revisions are required within 2-3 business days.
When you've obtained all required signatures, scan a copy for your records and deliver the signed original approval page, in hardcopy, to the Dissertation Office (room 2304) on the library's 2nd floor between 9am-5pm. Email email@example.com to notify the Dissertation Office (room 2304) that the signed original approval page is en route. No appointment is necessary.
NOTE: For Psychology, the EO’s Office hand delivers the approval page to the Dissertation Librarian after processing.
The approval page may be printed on standard paper. Please ensure that the approval page includes the title and author of the manuscript; if necessary, a separate title page may be attached.
Graduates will receive notification via email when the deposit is officially completed and accepted by the library.
Does your dissertation/thesis include a significant digital component that the library must archive?
If so, complete please read the Submitting Online and Digital Component page well in advance of your deposit.