GRADUATE STUDIES  |  Thesis Guidelines

MIT Political Science Thesis Preparation Guidelines

All graduate students in MIT Political Science must follow these guidelines for thesis completion and submission.


Consult the MIT Specifications for Thesis Preparation for the rules governing the format of your thesis. Remember that formatting rules are strictly enforced. Be sure to have Diana Gallagher check the pagination and format of the title and abstract pages of your thesis before you print the document on archival bond and obtain the necessary signatures. Contact Diana at or 617-253-6676.


Two copies of your thesis must be printed on archival bond and contain original signatures. If you are completing a joint degree, you must submit three copies on archival bond with original signatures. The remaining copy, which goes to your thesis supervisor, may be printed on photocopy paper.


Thesis labels should include your name, the title, course 17, PhD or SM, the year and month (September, February, or June) of the degree, and the copy number (1, 2, 3). Labels should be affixed to each cover of the thesis. Obtain a cardboard cover for the front and back of each copy at the Institute Archives (14N-118).

Title page

The thesis title page should indicate the name and official title of your thesis supervisor and the chair of the Graduate Program Committee (GPC) who will be accepting the thesis on behalf of the department. Students must obtain the signatures of the thesis supervisor and the chair of the GPC, unless they have made other arrangements with Diana Gallagher.


You must submit three copies of your thesis. If you are completing joint degrees, you are required to submit four copies. Submit all copies unbound to Diana Gallagher in E53-465A. If you are a PhD candidate, you must also complete the UMI form (see the MIT Specifications for Thesis Preparation) with photocopies of both title and abstract pages attached.


You will be required to complete a departmental survey at the time you submit your thesis.

Electronic copy

In addition to submitting paper copies of your thesis, you may also submit an electronic copy to MIT's digital library DSpace. This makes it possible for those interested in reading your thesis to do so without charge. The cost of ordering a paper copy of a thesis from MIT can approach $100 for a 400-page thesis. Read the instructions for electronic submission.



Susan Twarog
Graduate Administrator

Diana Gallagher
Graduate Administrator's Assistant

Graduate Office