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Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Dissertation Checklist

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All elements on the following checklist must be completed by the deadline for dissertation submission printed on the University's Academic Calendar.

  1. Submit your Dissertation online
  2. Signature Page (Submit two original hard copies to Grad A&S)
  3. Information Form
  4. Survey of Earned Doctorates

The elements of your dissertation should be in the following order:
View sample pages and instructions.

Submitting your Dissertation

Submit your Dissertation Electronically via eTD@BC

Please familiarize yourself with the policies regarding dissertations.

Signature Page

Use this template. Type in the names of your advisor and readers as designated under the signature line; and print out two copies of this form. Both pages will be signed on the first line by the dissertation advisor and then by the designated readers, two readers (in addition to the advisor) are required for the doctoral dissertation. Both copies must be original, not photocopies. Do not include a copy of the signature page in the electronic-submission copy of your dissertation; bring the signature pages to the dean's office.

N.B., digital images of signatures should never be included in the electronic version of the dissertation, e.g., on signature pages, IRB forms, copyright permissions, etc.

Traditional Title Page

The title page must conform to this sample; otherwise, the Graduate School reserves the right to require the page to be redone. The dissertation title should be concise and meaningful, and the title on the signature page and title page should match.
Sample Title Page

Copyright Page

Regardless of which option you select with UMI, this page is required and must conform to this sample; otherwise, the Graduate School reserves the right to require the page to be redone. The copyright year should match the date of defense. Sample Copyright Page


The abstract must include the title of your dissertation, your name, and that of your dissertation advisor as the heading. The abstract must be double-spaced in the same type font as the dissertation text.

Dissertation Form and Style

The signature page, traditional title page, copyright page and the abstract must not be numbered.

The Graduate School does not require use of one particular style manual; however, make sure that you consistently follow one method of reference and bibliographic notation throughout your dissertation.

The typing of all textual material must be double-spaced; notes, bibliographic references, and long quotations may be single-spaced. The font size must be minimum (10) point. While the font size and style should be consistent throughout your text, the notes, bibliographic references, and long quotations may be in a size smaller than your text, but must still be at least (10) point.

Margins and Page Numbers

Left and right margins must be 1.25 inches. Top and bottom margins must be (1) inch. Page numbers must be 1 inch from paper edge on top or bottom of page.These margins must be strictly maintained throughout your work.


The signature page, traditional title page, copyright page and abstract cannot be numbered and should be submitted in that order. Table of contents, acknowledgments (optional), lists of tables, etc. are considered the introductory material of the manuscript; therefore, the pages should be numbered in lower case Roman numerals (i, ii, etc.). Every page of the dissertation body, i.e., after the introductory material, must be sequentially numbered in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.).

Charts, Graphs, Tables

Illustrative material may be included (in color, greyscale, or black & white).

If you have any questions about the format of your dissertation, contact the Dean's Office, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Gasson 108, at 617-552-3268. Dissertations not conforming to the minimum standards described here in may be returned to the candidate and the awarding of the degree delayed.