Dissertation Submission

Doctoral candidates need to submit their finalized dissertation electronically through the ETD Administrator.  If you have questions about submitting your dissertation electronically, please refer to the FAQ list. Students should review the report specifications prior to submission. Reports that do not meet guidelines will not be accepted.  Online submission and approval is necessary before physically submitting your report to the library for binding.  When submitting your report through the ETD Administrator ensure that your signature page DOES NOT have signatures on it and the fonts have been embedded in your PDF.

Three copies of the dissertation (1 original and 2 copies, either xerographic, photocopied, offset or letter quality printer) are to be supplied to the Library. In addition, an abstract independent of the document is to be supplied to the Library. The announcement for Ph.D. dissertation defense is to be given to The Office of the Registrar at least 10 business days prior to the defense. A sample defense announcement can be found in sample pages.

You must hand in your dissertation in person to Doris Oliver. Dissertations cannot be mailed to the Library and cannot be handed in by another person.

Doris Oliver is available to accept dissertations from 9:30am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00 pm, M-F. Appointments are not necessary but are highly recommended.

Publication Agreement and Survey Forms 
The UMI Publication Agreement Form and a Survey of Earned Doctorates Form are submitted with the dissertation. The forms are available from Doris Oliver and online. Both forms must be completed and returned to Doris Oliver with the final dissertation. The UMI Publication Agreement Form includes the application form. This should be read, filled out and returned to Doris Oliver. The Survey of Earned Doctorates form is available online in two documents: the Survey of Earned Doctorates brochure and the Survey of Earned Doctorates online.  UMI also provides a brochure on privacy as it relates to dissertations.

Use of Previously Published work in your dissertation
If you are including previously published material as part of your dissertation, either as an appendix or as part of the body of your paper, you must obtain written permission from the publisher to have the work included as part of your paper.   Even if you are the author of the published material, you still must get permission from the publisher.     

UMI/Proquest provides this guide to understanding copyright and copyright infringement: http://media2.proquest.com/documents/UMI_CopyrightGuide.pdf  

UMI/Proquest also includes information written by Kenneth Crews, a professor at Columbia University on the issue of copyright.  His work covers how to request permission from publishers, and sample permission letters: http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/etd/docs/guide5.pdf

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all portions of their dissertation adhere to copyright law. 

Binding and Publishing fee for Doctoral Dissertation 
The present fee for Doctoral Dissertations is $220.00 ($110.00 for binding and $110.00 for publishing). Checks should be made payable to Stevens Institute of Technology and are due when the paper is submitted. The present fee (binding and publishing) is not part of the graduation fee.

Submission Date 
The Office of the Registrar is responsible for setting submission deadlines for dissertations. Dissertations should be submitted by the last day of classes as set on the Academic Calendar. Date extensions are only given through the Office of the Registrar.

Doctoral Dissertation Processing 
Once the dissertation has been accepted, it is published through Proquest and is available electronically within the Stevens network. All copies are professionally bound, and upon their return to the Library, one is cataloged and becomes part of the Library's collection. The two additional copies and are sent to the department. Students wanting to have additional copies of their dissertation bound may do so at their own expense. The Library can refer them to an outside bindery company (not affiliated with Stevens) with whom they can make their own arrangements. Students may also order copies through the ETD Administrator.

Dissertation Report Specifications


The original copy of the dissertation must be produced on good quality 8½" x 11", 20 pound acid-free white paper. The paper should not be stapled, punched, bound, colored or printed on letterhead. The two additional copies of the dissertation can be photocopied or produced on copier or laser paper.

Black ink only

LEFT and TOP 1½"; RIGHT and BOTTOM 1".

Pages must be printed single sided only.

Page Numbers 
Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3?) must appear in the upper right-hand corner of every page starting with the first page of the body of the paper (usually the introduction or the first page of the first chapter). If it is necessary to print some pages in landscape format or if oversize pages or materials are necessary, adjust formatting so that the page number on these pages will appear in the upper right-hand corner of the page when the document is bound. Page numbers appear on every page of the body of the document, including the bibliography and the vita.

Lower case Roman numerals (i, ii) must be used for the pages appearing before the body of the paper (called the front matter). The title page is considered page i, but there is no page number printed on the title page. The copyright page is considered page ii, but there is no page number printed on the copyright page. The remainder of the front matter (abstract, table of contents, etc.) is numbered with lowercase Roman numerals, starting with page iii.

For information about page numbering using Microsoft Word 2007, a brief tutorial video is available.


The entire paper must be double spaced. Single spacing may be used for footnotes, quotations, and the bibliography.

Diagrams, Charts, Tables and other Illustrations 
Graph paper may be used for original drawings, charts or illustrations. Original drawings may be in color or black and white, however, color is allowed for illustrations only; all text must appear in black. The original thesis must contain the original graphic or illustration, not a photocopy of the drawing, graphic or illustration.

If formulas and diagrams contain subscript and superscript characters, ensure they are large enough to read when printed in the final paper.

Computer Printouts 
Any computer printouts must be on white paper, 8½" x 11". Larger printouts must be photo reduced producing a clear, accurate final copy.

Glossy prints of good reproducible quality, either black or white or color may be used. Photographs can be printed on 8½" x 11" glossy finish paper, however, margin and page number requirements as stated above still apply for pages containing photographs. When attaching photographs to paper, double-sided tape may be used which causes the least amount of damage to the original paper.

Footnotes and Bibliography 
The format of footnotes and the bibliography are to be prepared in accordance with standard practice in the field in which one is working. Documentation formatting style must be discussed with and accepted by the advisor. See further information on Reference Styles below.

The suggested typeface for dissertations is 10 to 12 point Arial. Other suggested fonts are Times New Roman and Helvetica. Script and italic fonts should not be used except as needed in the body of the paper. Consistency should be maintained throughout the paper, using the same font for all text, diagrams, etc. on all pages.

Electronic material 
Electronic material, such as CDs and multimedia can accompany the dissertation. Each copy should be accompanied with a labeled CD. When bound, these are placed in an envelope in the back of the dissertation.

Oversized materials 
Oversized materials (pages greater than 8½" x 11") can be included in the paper if necessary. Oversized pages should be folded so that 1½" on the left hand binding edge remains, allowing the page to be opened once the paper is bound.

Reference styles 
The reference style used for formatting the paper must be confirmed with your department and advisor. Frequently used styles are the APA (American Psychological Association), MLA (Modern Language Association) and AMA (American Medical Association) styles. Style guides and manuals are available for each style. Page headers are not to be used.

Information regarding specific styles and their use with citations use can be found at citing sources.

The document should be arranged in the following order:

 Title Page:

  • For initial submission through the ETD Administrator DO NOT have signatures on the title page.  If the title page is formatted incorrectly the report will not be accepted.  Therefore, obtain the required signatures only after your report has been approved for final submission.
  • Follow the applicable title page format for the type of paper you are writing. The three (3) copies which you submit must be signed by YOU AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Please type the Advisor's name and any Committee Member's names under the lines for signatures. See sample title pages in Sample Pages .
  • The title page included with the original copy of the dissertation must contain original signatures. If the title page is formatted incorrectly, the candidate (you) will need to obtain new original signatures from all the signers. The two copies of the dissertation can have copies of the original title page.
  • The degree you are obtaining must be on the title page as "Doctor of Philosophy".
  • The name of the school (e.g. Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering & Science, School of Systems & Enterprises, School of Business) does NOT appear on the title page.
  • The title page cannot be scanned.
  • The title page counts as the first page of the paper (i), but does not have a page number printed on it.
  • Sample Title Page

Copyright Page:

  • Appears after the title page.
  • The copyright page counts as the second page of the paper (ii), but does not have a page number printed on it.

Abstract page(s) containing:

  • Title of document on top;
  • Abstract of document (350 words or fewer);
  • Author's name on bottom;
  • Advisor's name on bottom;
  • Date on bottom;
  • Department at bottom;
  • Degree on bottom;
  • The abstract should be the first page where page numbers appear, starting with page number iii. All pages after the abstract up to the first page of the body of the document continue with lower case Roman numerals (iii, iv, v, etc.)
  • Note: 1 extra, loose copy of your abstract is required for the Library. In addition, an abstract is required as part of the Ph.D defense announcement to be submitted to the Office of the Registrar at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled date of defense.

Dedication Page (optional)


Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

List of Symbols

Body of Document:

If your department or advisor does not require a specific writing or formatting style, it is still advisable to refer to a standard style manual. The first page of the body of the document is page number 1, and is the first page to switch to Arabic page numbering (1,2,3...). The body of the document is arranged in chapters and sections usually (but not necessarily) including:

  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Experimental or Computational Procedures (if any)
  • Results
  • Recommendations (if any)
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Appendices
  • References
  • Bibliography

Vita, required for Dissertations, to be placed at end of the document usually (but not necessarily) showing:

  • Date and place of birth
  • Education
  • Industrial Experience
  • Publications
  • Honors
  • Other biographical data of interest

Any questions regarding the submission of a dissertation should be directed to:

Doris Oliver
Assistant Curator
Phone: 201.216.5415
Fax: 201.216.8319
[email protected]

Sample pages

These are sample pages only. Please see contact Doris Oliver for questions or special circumstances (dual degree, interdepartmental research, etc.)

 Sample Pages:

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