Nyu Dissertation

A Dissertation Writers’ Room (DWR) is a shared office space with partitioned desks for quiet and scholarly research. When you’re a subscriber, you are granted unlimited swipe access to the DWRs. Currently, DWRs are only available at Bobst Library.

You can apply for year-long subscription access to several Dissertation Writers’ Rooms in Bobst Library if you meet the following qualifications. You are:

  • Subscriptions to Dissertation Writers’ Rooms, along with the assigned storage, are for one academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters).

  • Students who meet eligibility requirements and are in good standing with NYU Libraries may apply for DWR access at any time throughout the academic year, but storage availability will vary based on subscriber usage.

  • All subscriptions terms expire at 5pm on the second Friday of the fall semester (regardless of when your subscription term started). Users can renew for the following academic year beginning in May by providing a new eligibility form signed by their department confirming their continuing dissertation work and matriculation.

  • Dedicated long-term storage for DWRs is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. You can either request a Moby (mobile storage cabinet) or locker to store your research materials.

  • The library food and drink policy applies to all Dissertation Writers’ Rooms.

  • A strict “no camping” policy applies to the Dissertation Writers’ Rooms.

  • Subscribers may not leave any personal items or research materials unattended in their assigned room.

  • Only personal materials and checked-out library materials may be stored in a subscriber’s assigned Moby or locker.

  • Inspections of assigned storage are conducted regularly by Library staff authorized to remove materials that violate regulations, and if violations are found on 2 inspection tours, DWR privileges will be permanently revoked.

  • Fines may be applied to a subscriber’s library account for uncharged and non-circulating materials, food items, or inappropriately stored beverage items.

  • Submission deadlines and checklists:

    May 2018 graduation - Doctoral Dissertation Submission Checklist

             Preliminary dissertation deadline: March 16, 2018

             Final dissertation deadline: May 4, 2018

    September 2018 graduation - Doctoral Dissertation Submission Checklist

             Preliminary dissertation deadline: August 3, 2018

             Final dissertation deadline: September 14, 2018

    January 2019 graduation - Doctoral Dissertation Submission Checklist

             Preliminary dissertation deadline: December 7, 2018

             Final dissertation deadline: January 11, 2019

    Note: GSAS submission deadlines are earlier thanUniversity Graduation Deadlines.

    Dissertation Formatting Requirements:

    Dissertation submission in nine steps:

    The following guide presents the necessary steps involved in a doctoral candidate's dissertation submission as required by the Graduate School of Arts and Science. All candidates should check with their dissertation advisor and department administrator regarding additional departmental requirements.

    Individual candidates must complete the following:

    1. The candidate must meet with his or her dissertation advisor to discuss research goals, timeframes, and scheduling of an oral defense. If an outside reader is being considered as part of the dissertation committee, the candidate's department must complete and sign the Outside Dissertation Reader Approval Form to include in the candidate's graduation file. Prior to scheduling the doctoral dissertation defense, three dissertation readers, one who is the candidate's advisor, must approve the dissertation for defense.
    2. The candidate is required to register for graduation on Albertat least 3 months prior to the expected date of graduation
      Preliminary Dissertation Filing Steps
    3. The candidate must submit the Preliminary Dissertation Paperwork to the GSAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs by the preliminary dissertation deadline
    4. The Preliminary Submission Paperwork consists of the following:
    5. A candidate must upload his or her dissertation to Proquestby the preliminary dissertation submission deadline. The preliminary dissertation submission will be reviewed for adherence to the formatting requirements, not content. (The dissertation advisor oversees content review.) Once the preliminary dissertation is reviewed, the candidate will receive an email notification that details formatting changes that need to be made before final submission
      Final Dissertation Filing Steps
    6. The candidate is advised to take the Advisor Approval Form, the Title Page (reflecting the month and year of graduation: September, January or May), doctoral thesis oral defense form and the reader sheets to the oral defense. The candidate must obtain signatures from the Chair of the dissertation committee and dissertation committee members. The committee members sign the Dissertation Reader sheets; record the result of the oral defense in the spaces provided and returns them to the department administrator. The department administrator will then forward the Dissertation Reader sheets to Office of the Registrar. If revisions to the dissertation are required by dissertation committee member(s), the Chair will retain the forms until the revisions are made. 
    7. After editing the text and format to ensure it is consistent with the comments made during the defense and review of the preliminary dissertation, the candidate must upload a final dissertation to Proquest by the final dissertation deadline, using the link provided after the preliminary dissertation review.
    8. The candidate must submit the Advisor Approval Form and the signed Title Page to the GSAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs by the final dissertation deadline.
      Last Steps
    9. The candidate should contact the Office of the Bursar to confirm that his/her account is not in arrears.
    10. The candidate should review his/her permanent address on Albert. Diplomas will be mailed to this address.

    Note: Completion of these steps, does not guarantee conferral of a candidate's degree. The final conferral decision rests with the Graduate School of Arts and Science and New York University's Office of the Registrar.

    Additional Resources:

    Contact Us:

    The Office of Academic and Student Affairs is located at 6 Washington Square North, 2nd Floor. Questions regarding the dissertation submission procedure should be directed to Cherone Slater at cherone.slater@nyu.edu or by phone at 212-998-8060.


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