Guidelines for Submission of Master's Theses to The Library

(For graduating M.A. & M.S. students)

For graduating M.A. & M.S. students

These guidelines describe general format requirements and procedures for submitting master's theses to the Sojourner Truth Library. Directions, requirements, and restrictions that pertain to the department in which master's degree level research is carried forward are available in that department. As departmental requirements may exceed those of the Library, the candidate must consult with his or her thesis committee before preparing the thesis manuscript.

I. Format Requirements

Paper:

Cotton paper (paper made with a minimum of 20% of cotton fiber). The paper stock has to have a watermark design that can be seen when the paper is held up to light.

Margins:

1.5 inches on the left margin; 1 inch on the top, bottom and right margins.

Typeface:

Use one side of the paper only, double-spaced, with a 12-point font.

Arrangement:

Pagination must be correct (each page numbered). The main text is preceded by the title page and thesis approval (signature) page. Theses must be approved and signed by all advisors before the library will accept them. Please see sample title and signature pages attached.

Optional Electronic Thesis Format for MA and MS Students: In addition to print format, you are invited to participate in the State University of New York Digital Repository Program. Your thesis will be archived electronically. Follow this link for the Electronic Thesis Approval Form and Student Agreement with instructions. (* PDF) Be sure to complete all requirements in addition to the above hard-copy requirements. There are no additional fees incurred for the electronic copy. Deliver both the hard and electronic copies (one CD or DVD) in accordance with the deposit procedures in section II below.

II. Procedures for Deposit of Theses with the Library

  • The thesis should be delivered to the Collection Development Office (Library Offices, entrance off STL Concourse Underpass), Monday-Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. These offices are locked, please ring the doorbell. Telephone number: (845) 257-3392.
  • A fee of $25.00 will be paid by the student at the time of delivery for the binding and processing of the thesis. The check or money order should be made out to: SUNY New Paltz, 900404-0920. Cash will not be accepted.
  • The Library Director or the Collection Development Librarian must certify to the Records and Registration Office that the thesis, which is fully signed and technically acceptable to the library, has been received before the degree will be granted.
  • Upon written request of the student, the thesis may be withheld from public access for up to 18 months after the degree is granted.
  • Theses will be cataloged as non-circulating items and placed in the New Paltz Special Collection.
  • Theses in non-traditional formats will be cataloged and bound in specialized archival storage folios.

Graduating M.F.A and M.A. in Art Studio students

These guidelines describe general format requirements and procedures for submitting MFA and MAAS theses to the Sojourner Truth Library. Directions, requirements, and restrictions that pertain to the department in which master's degree level research is carried forward are available in that department. As departmental requirements may exceed those of the Library, the candidate must consult with his or her thesis committee before preparing the thesis manuscript.

Instructions for MFA Pilot Project - DSpace Submission

I. Format Requirements

Binder:

Thinnest possible binder labeled with name, thesis title, degree, program, and date of graduation

Paper:

Thesis paper. There is a three page minimum. Individual programs may require more extensive papers and bibliography.

Thesis Title and Program Head Signature Page:

MFA Electronic Thesis Approval Form

sample M.A.in Art Studio Thesis Title and Program Head Signature Page.
 
Content:

Large format (8" x 10") photographic prints of two artworks (black & white or color). Color photocopies are acceptable.
Exhibition announcement card
Resume
One set of 20 slides or CD Rom with 20 images and/or videotapes or dvds

II. Procedures for Deposit of Theses with the Library

  • The thesis should be delivered to the Collection Development Office (Library Offices, entrance off STL Concourse Underpass), Monday-Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. These offices are locked, please ring the doorbell. Telephone number: (845) 257-3392.
  • A fee of $10.00 will be paid by the student at the time of delivery for the binding and processing of the thesis. The check or money order should be made out to: SUNY New Paltz, 900404-0920. Cash will not be accepted.
  • The Library must certify to the Records and Registration Office that the thesis, which is fully signed and technically acceptable to the library, has been received before the degree will be granted.
  • Upon written request of the student, the thesis may be withheld from public access for up to 18 months after the degree is granted.
  • Theses will be cataloged as non-circulating items and placed in the New Paltz Special Collection.
  • Theses in non-traditional formats will be cataloged and bound in specialized archival storage folios.

10/23/2006 Modified


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