2.70 Theses

Revised to 11/99


Specifications relating to the format of theses and information concerning copyright of theses shall be published annually by the Director of Libraries as prescribed by the Committee on Graduate School Programs for graduate theses and by the Committee on the Undergraduate Program for undergraduate theses.


Two copies of each thesis shall be delivered to the office of the headquarters of the department or Course in which the candidate is registered as follows: for Bachelor's, Master's, and Engineer's degree candidates not later than one week before the end of term, and for Doctor's degree candidates not later than two weeks before the end of term. For these purposes, the end of term of the first term is considered to be the last day of classes of the Independent Activities Period following the first term, the end of term of the second term is the last day of classes of that term, and the end of term for the summer session is the last day of classes of the regular summer session. Additional copies of the thesis shall be delivered as required by the department.

All theses submitted shall be of satisfactory physical quality for deposit in the Archives. The several departments and Courses shall transmit two copies of each graduate thesis to the Institute Archivist not later than one month after the end of the term in which the thesis was accepted. Undergraduate theses which, in the judgment of the department or Course, represent a significant contribution shall be transmitted to the Institute Archivist in the same manner.


All theses submitted shall become the permanent physical property of the Institute.

The Institute will retain ownership of the copyrights to theses only (i) if the thesis research is performed in whole or in part by the student with financial support in the form of wages, salary, stipend, or grant from funds administered by the Institute and/or (ii) if the thesis research is performed in whole or in part utilizing equipment or facilities provided to the Institute under conditions that impose copyright restrictions. In all other cases, ownership of the copyrights shall reside with the student.

Guidance on current copyright procedures shall be included in the theses specifications published each year. Students may request a waiver of the Institute's copyrights by written application to the Institute's Technology Licensing Office.

Where copyright ownership is retained by the student, the student must, as a condition of a degree award, grant royalty-free permission to the Institute to reproduce and publicly distribute copies of the thesis. Where copyright is retained by the Institute, any further publication in whole or in part by the author shall be made only by authorization of the Technology Licensing Office in consultation with the head of the department or Course in which the author was registered when the thesis was accepted.

Required Legend for Thesis Title Page, or page immediately following, for those theses on which students hold copyright: The Author hereby grants to MIT permission to reproduce and to distribute publicly copies of this thesis document in whole or in part.