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 masters
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
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.
Upon the completion of the thesis, students MUST initiate the committee approval process by filling out the Final Requirements Confirmation. All committee members must approve the thesis. (Detailed instructions on how to fill out the form can be found after logging in to the Final Requirements Confirmation page.)
The following documents must be submitted to the LAS Graduate Student Services office by the last day of the conferral term. This is a requirement for graduation. Please email all documents to LASGraduateOffice@depaul.edu.
The Graduate Student Services Office does not offer binding
services. If your department requires a bound thesis, please contact
someone in the department for the binding requirements and options.