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Guidelines for Master's Thesis

Click here to download Spring 2020 Thesis Deadlines and Format Guidelines

1. Graduate students conduct their thesis work under the close supervision and guidance of a full-time faculty member of the School of Engineering. The thesis advisor and Dean approve all copies of the thesis report after it has been successfully defended.

2. The master's thesis is defended through an oral presentation during the fall or spring semesters only. This defense summarizes the content of the thesis and is open to all interested persons. School-wide distribution of an invitation should go to all engineering faculty, graduate students, and seniors within your major at least two weeks before the defense. An invitation should be submitted to the Dean’s Office for posting. If needed, the Dean's Office will guide you through the preparation.

3. One copy of the thesis for faculty review must be made available in the Dean's office a minimum of two weeks before the thesis defense. The copy must be contained in some type of binder (loose pages, unbound folders, manila envelopes, etc. are unacceptable). At the successful completion of the oral defense, three (3) unbound copies of the master's thesis, prepared following the appended format and signed by the thesis advisor(s)must be submitted to Nori Perez in the Dean’s Office.

4. The Office of Admissions & Records submits the list of engineering Master’s Degree candidates to the School of Engineering Committee on Academic Standards. The Committee in turn presents the recommended list of candidates to the engineering faculty at the semester-end faculty meeting, and to the Board of Trustees’ December/May meeting for approval of conferment of the Master of Engineering degree.

5. After a thesis is successfully defended and the thesis report is finalized with the student’s advisor, THREE copies of the thesis are to be delivered to the Dean’s Office as described below:

        5a. Three copies for binding, to be printed on white paper and 20% rag. The student is responsible for the binding fees before the degree can be issued. The School will arrange for the binding. The current cost for three (3) copies is  $300 ($100.00 per copy). The check should be made payable to The Cooper Union and given to Nori Perez in the Dean's Office.

        5b. A copy of your thesis should be submitted for microfilming. Please visit and follow the instructions there. Please make sure to include the scanned copy of the signature page prior to submitting.

6. Copies for binding cannot be made in the Library or Dean's Office.  You must use white (only) bond paper for binding, containing 20% rag for the three copies that will be bound.  

7. The thesis format is attached.  Your thesis must be typed, double spaced, with at least a 1 1/4" left-hand margin to allow for binding on one side of the page (do not make page two-sided).  All equations should be typed or computer generated.  In extreme cases, very neatly handwritten equations will be accepted.  A razor point pen is recommended as it duplicates very cleanly.

8. Email the searchable pdf file of your approved thesis to Beth Slack ( Alternatively, you can also email a dropbox link where the file can be downloaded.


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