Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

CSI Library Guidelines for Submission of the Master's Thesis

A finished Master's thesis is a scholarly work that is the product of extensive research and related preparation. The Library will make Master's theses publicly available to students, faculty, and outside researchers. For purposes of preservation, and to prepare them for bindery, theses must adhere to uniform standards of format and construction.

Number of Copies

Students submitting their approved thesis to the Library are asked to submit two copies, both of which must be signed by all members of the thesis committee, or by the program coordinator if no committee exists, on the thesis signature page. One copy will be kept in the Library archives; the other will become part of the circulating collection. Students wishing to copyright their thesis through an official agency must make their own arrangements to do so. (See U.S. Copyright Office website


The two copies for the Library must be printed on 8.5” x 11” unpunched, unbound white paper of 20-24 lb. weight or heavier. The paper must also meet the specification of 100% cotton content (i.e., acid free) and must not contain lines, smudges, spots, or shaded background. Copies from a laser printer or commercial copier service are highly recommended. Copies done on departmental or self-service copy machines do not meet the Library’s high-quality standard. All printing must be one side only.

Photographs, maps, charts, color copies, and some special illustrative materials may be placed, prepared, or reproduced on paper different from that of the regular text (for example, color copies on cotton paper will smudge; use paper specifically made for color copying). On either side of this special paper, students must include a blank sheet of the specified cotton, acid-free paper. Students also must place one extra sheet at the front and back of the thesis.

The following (minimum) margins must be used throughout the manuscript:

Left margin: 1.5” Top margin: 1.0”
Right margin: 1.0” Bottom margin: 1.0”

Material that cannot fit within regular or oversized margin requirements may be placed on 11” x 17” paper. Page numbers on these oversized pages must be placed in the upper right corner in the same position as the rest of the text. These pages are not to be folded prior to submittal. The bindery will fold them as appropriate.


Abstracts must be double-spaced and are limited to a single page with margins as described above. This page should bear the heading “Thesis Abstract.”


After a successful thesis defense the student should submit two official copies of the manuscript to the Library. If there are any concerns regarding the submission guidelines, the student may consult with the Head of Reference (718.982.4010) or the Archivist (718.982.4128). Either person will be available to ensure that the thesis meets the standards as described above.

Submission During Closure

Effective April 21, 2020, the Library is accepting thesis submissions online while the campus is closed. The formatting guidelines detailed above still apply for your Word document. The requirement to have two signers on your signature page also remains. 

Check with your department or program on their arrangements for signing electronic documents. Adobe DC can be used to sign a pdf. You can save your signature page in Word as a pdf. You must attach two documents to your email- the signature page as a pdf, and your thesis as a Word document.

Please email your submission to and cc your thesis advisor to indicate approval.

Note: At this time, theses will not be accessible online. Submissions will be printed and added to our collection.