Thesis Checklist

If you are in a Master's degree program that requires a thesis you must deposit your completed thesis with the University by the date indicated on the University Academic Calendar in order to qualify for graduation.

Your graduation date listed in Agora must match the semester you plan to graduate. If not contact the Dean's Office at 617-552-3268 or gsasinfo@bc.edu to have this corrected.

Follow the Thesis Checklist below to ensure you have completed all requirements.

Checklist

Submit your thesis online

eTD@BC website

Elements of Your Thesis

Use this template as a guide

The following should be submitted in this order:

  • Traditional Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Abstract
  • DissertationTraditional 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 thesis title should be concise and meaningful and the title on the signature page and title page should match.

Copyright Page

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.

Abstract

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.

Thesis 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.

Pagination

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 and white).

If you have 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.