Master’s Degree with Thesis Checklist

A note on virtual defenses: 

The School of Graduate Studies will permit remote defenses for candidates and their committee members. Any digital signatures of committee members must be verifiable. This includes (but is not limited to) e-signatures such as DocuSign or Adobe sign. Scanned signatures or images of signatures are also acceptable. If you are using Docusign please refer to the Office of Information and Technology's website here for information on how to get started using the service.

In lieu of a verifiable digital signature, a committee member can type their name into the field and then provide a written email/letter attesting their approval as an appendix to this form. Original pen/ink signatures are also acceptable should that be an option available to the committee.

Deadlines

  • October 1, 2022, for an October 2022 dated degree
  • January 6, 2023, for a January 2023 dated degree
  • April 1, 2023, for a May 2023 dated degree
  • You are not eligible to receive your degree until the following requirements have been completed and returned to the remote defense email address. All degree materials #1-4 are due before the deadlines listed.

1) Diploma Application

Complete the Diploma Application online.  Save and return your email confirmation as a PDF that shows you submitted a diploma application online. This is the graduate registrar's form to create and distribute your diploma. Your submission is incomplete if you do not send proof of completing this form online to the submissions address. 

Please make note of the email address you list as your contact on this online form. The address listed is what the registrar uses to contact you on your diploma status and the address used to invite you to convocation.

2) Candidacy Form and Thesis

Complete the Candidacy Form. Obtain committee and director signatures on your candidacy form and your title page. (Applicants for the degree of master of philosophy should complete this form.)

Submit your completed candidacy form along with your signed title page. Each should be saved as a PDF.

  • A total of three (3) committee signatures are required for Sections A and C.
  • Your program director must sign Section E.
  • Both course and research credits must be listed.
  • Here is a sample Title Page
STYLE GUIDE FOR THESIS PREPARATION

The guide contains information regarding style, format, margins, footnotes, etc. and should be followed explicitly.The online style guide has sample pages to follow located at the bottom of that webpage.

3) Degree Candidate Responsibility Statement

Print and complete the form.  Save and return it as a PDF.

4) Publishing Agreement 

Complete the Proquest Publishing Agreement form online

Once completed, click on "Manage this ETD"> "View ETD Details"> "Print your Details Page".  Save and Return your "ETD DETAILS" page as a PDF.

Final electronic submissions will only be reviewed after all above forms are completed and returned to the sgs.degree.submissions@grad.rutgers.edu. Your thesis must be submitted and approved by the deadline for the degree date listed on your title page.

All forms must be submitted before the deadline.

Further Questions

If you have any questions about submission, please contact Barbara Sirman at sirman@grad.rutgers.edu.