Embargo (delayed release) options determine when a dissertation, thesis, or capstone project will be made publicly available online. Graduates should review these options with a trusted advisor prior to deposit. The initial embargo selection (0-2 years) may be changed at any time after submission, with the option to renew as the embargo nears expiration.
Authors retain copyright for all work submitted to CUNY Academic Works and ProQuest. Graduates may elect to assign a Creative Commons license to their work.
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 the Registrar’s office will be notified. After the close of the deposit period (shortly after each deadline), you'll receive an email from the Registrar's Office including diploma information, graduation, alumni privileges, etc.
Does your dissertation/thesis include a significant digital component that the library should archive?
If so, please read the Digital Projects page well in advance of your deposit and consult the library's Digital Project Documentation Guidelines. The library can provide guidance in determining what to submit to the library; please contact the Dissertation Office to set up a consultation.
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.|