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Dissertations and Theses

Approval Pages: To ease the burden of obtaining additional approvals for students, the library’s Dissertation Office has modified the procedure for verifying departmental approval of a student’s deposit. Please note that the format for the approval page has been revised to remove signature lines (see sample pages).

As of December 12, 2022: the library no longer requires graduates to submit an approval; instead, we will verify with the program office that the manuscript has been approved prior to accepting the deposit. Please contact deposit@gc.cuny.edu with any questions.

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