the graduate school of the morrissey college of arts and sciences
All elements on the following checklist must be completed by the deadline for thesis submission printed on the University's Academic Calendar.
- Submit your thesis online
- Signature Page (Submit two original hard copies to Grad A&S)
- Information Form
The elements of your thesis should be in the following order:
View sample pages and instructions.
Please familiarize yourself with the embargo policy.
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 thesis advisor and then by the designated readers. 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 thesis, e.g., on signature pages, IRB forms, copyright permissions, etc.
The title page must conform to this sample; otherwise, the Graduate School reserves the right to require the page to be redone. The thesis title should be concise and meaningful, and the title on the signature page and title page should match.
Use this template as a guide.
Regardless of which option you select with UMI/Proquest, this page is required and must conform to this sample; otherwise, the Graduate School reserves the right to require the page be redone. The copyright year should match the date of defense. Use this template as a guide.
The abstract must include the title of your thesis, your name, and that of your thesis advisor as the heading. The abstract must be double-spaced in the same type font as the thesis text. Use this template as a guide.
Thesis Form and Style
The signature page, traditional title page, copyright page and the abstract must not be numbered. Use this template as a guide.
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. Use this template as a guide.
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.). Use this template as a guide.
Charts, Graphs, Tables
Illustrative material may be included (in color, greyscale, or black & white).
If you have any specific questions about the format of your thesis, contact the Dean's Office, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Gasson 108, at 617-552-3268. Theses not conforming to the minimum standards described here may be returned to the candidate and the awarding of the degree delayed.