29. Checklist for Handing in a Thesis


Spring 2020 thesis submission is entirely electronic. MEng students can submit their thesis at this link. 6A students should send their thesis release letters to Kathleen Sullivan (kaths@mit.edu).

  • The Document
    • Are your margins at least one inch on top and bottom and both sides? If your thesis is two-sided it must be two-sided throughout the document, including the prefatory pages. Odd-numbered pages should be on the right, even-numbered pages on the left.
    • Does your title page look like the sample title pages? Check the copyright and the sentence right after it that starts "The author hereby...".  Use the date/month of your degree (May, February or September), NOT the month you're submitting it.
    • Only one title page and one abstract page are required for each thesis copy. The abstract must look a lot like the one here.  It should be page two, right after your title page, and must be on its own page.
    • There must be a Table of Contents, and if there are any figures, a List of Figures.  There must be a properly formatted bibliography.
    • Make sure that there is only one continuous sequence with the title page counting as page 1. This includes all appendices, etc. Check that all of your pages are included, in the right order. It's easy and extremely common to miss a few pages deep in the middle of the document. Count all the way through it.
    • If it's a 6A thesis, do you have your release letter? These should be sent to Kathleen Sullivan (kaths@mit.edu) [See Section 28]
  • Because thesis submission is entirely electronic this year, you do not need to submit separate grade sheets, DSpace receipts, exit survey receipts, or any physical copy of the thesis.