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Research Guides

Dissertations and Theses: Capstones

ATTENTION: The deposit deadline for the June 2020 degree has been extended to May 15, 2020. Students must apply for graduation in CUNYFirst by May 1st in order to deposit for the June 2020 degree.
ATTENTION: 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:

M.A. in Liberal Studies (MALS)

The MALS Capstone Project is accompanied by a 20-page paper that details the conceptualization, methodology, and/or technology used in the project and how the project is related to the student’s track and studies. All graduating students must submit their manuscript and any supplementary files to CUNY Academic Works to be archived by the Graduate Center Library. Graduates producing capstone projects with significant online components (e.g., a website) should review the guidelines for depositing digital work and complete the digital component submission form.

Deposit Procedures

  1. Apply for graduation in CUNYfirst.
  2. Complete the digital component submission form, if applicable.
  3. Complete CUNY Graduate Center Exit Questionnaire for Graduating MA Students (voluntary).
  4. Upload final approved manuscript (the project's "white paper") and any supplementary files to CUNY Academic Works.
  5. Submit the signed original approval page to the library, in hardcopy.
  6. The library reviews uploaded documents and either approves the deposit or requests corrections. Graduates will be notified by email when their deposit has been completed and officially accepted by the library.

Format Guidelines

The format guidelines for capstone projects are the same as those required for theses and dissertations; these are available in detail on the Format Requirements page of this guide. All manuscripts should be uploaded to CUNY Academic Works in PDF format and must include elements in the following page sequence, with close attention to the pagination requirements:

Title page (no pagination appears)
Copyright page (see sample pages below)
Approval page (uploaded without signatures; deliver signed original, in hardcopy, to the library)
Preface, Foreword, and/or Acknowledgments
Table of Contents (required)
Lists of tables, illustrations, charts, figures, diagrams (required)
Body of Text (begins with Arabic numeral 1)
Autobiographical Statement (optional)

Note: additional preliminary pages may be required for projects with significant digital components in the submission. See the library's Digital Project Documentation Guidelines below.


Every graduate of the Audiology program is required to prepare a capstone project to be preserved by the Graduate Center Library. A preliminary review meeting prior to defense is optional. See Format for Deposit guidelines for specifications about depositing in any file format, adding supplementary files, and pagination. Capstone projects are deposited in CUNY Academic Works only (not ProQuest).