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The terms thesis and dissertation are often used synonymously. At DePaul University, to facilitate registration and other requirements, “thesis” is used for the research and document required for the master’s degree in many departments and programs. All forms referenced in these requirements can be found in the Forms Library. This page contains information you will need about thesis requirements from the inception to the completion of your project.
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian, is the handbook which indicates the format, technicalities of form, and mechanics of typing/printing required for dissertations, theses, and research papers. The only exception we make to Turabian’s guidelines is the format for the title page. However, if your thesis advisor determines that your thesis (excepting the title page) would be more appropriately done in another format, follow the advisor’s advice.
There are certain other requirements you will need to follow at various stages of your project, about which your director/advisor will inform you, such as how to register for thesis credit hours, insuring candidacy continuation, taking qualifying exams, arranging a thesis defense (if necessary), and meeting various deadlines. Make sure everyone on your committee is aware of what needs to be done and when. Please consult the Graduate Student Services Office if you have any questions.
Once the thesis document is in its final form – fully approved, purged of all errors, and in the correct format (see #5 above and Sample Title Page) – you must take an electronic PDF copy of the thesis, an Author Submission Agreement, and an Abstract & Keyword Form to the Graduate Student Services Office. The Graduate Student Services Office will arrange for the electronic archival of your thesis with the library and your department.
The Graduate Student Services Office no longer offers binding services. If your department requires a bound thesis, please contact someone in the department for the binding requirements and options.