Master’s Degree with Thesis Checklist






PLEASE READ: Given current extraordinary circumstances, the School of Graduate Studies will permit remote defenses for candidates and their committee members.  *Signatures of a committee must be verifiable. This includes (but not limited to) e-signatures such as docusign or adobe sign. Scanned signatures are also acceptable. In lieu of a verifiable digital signature, a committee member can type their name into the field and then provide a written email/letter attesting their approval as an appendix to this form. Please see checklists and candidacy forms for detailed instructions.


  • October 1, 2020, for an October 2020 dated degree
  • January 6, 2021, for a January 2021 dated degree
  • April 1, 2021 for a May 2021 dated degree

How to submit your degree materials:

You must send ALL of your requirements together in one email before the deadline. 

You must send your attachments in PDF format.

Email only when you have all of the required materials completed.

Please DO NOT send multiple emails with pieces of the checklist.

Send your complete submission to

You are not eligible to receive your degree until the following have been completed and returned to the School of Graduate Studies for approval.

1) Diploma Application

Complete the Diploma Application online .  Save and return your email confirmation as a PDF that shows you submitted a diploma application online. Please note the email address you list as your contact on this form. The address listed is what the registrar uses to contact you on your diploma status and the address used to invite you to convocation.

2) Candidacy Form and Thesis

Complete the Candidacy Form. Obtain committee and director signatures on your candidacy form and your title page. (Applicants for the degree of master of philosophy should complete this form.)

Submit your completed candidacy form along with your signed title page. Each should be saved as a PDF.

  • A total of three (3) committee signatures are required for Sections A and C.
  • Your program director must sign Section E.
  • Both course and research credits must be listed.
  • Here is a sample Title Page


Style Guide for Thesis Preparation

The guide contains information regarding style, format, margins, footnotes, etc. and should be followed explicitly.

3) Publishing Agreement 

Complete the Proquest Publishing Agreement form online

Once completed, click on "Manage this ETD"> "View ETD Details"> "Print your Details Page".  Save and Return your "ETD DETAILS" page as a PDF.

*Please note: If requesting delayed release/access in the Proquest Publishing Agreement (#3 on this checklist), you must also request an embargo in the submission to the libraries' RUetd system (# 5 on this checklist). The value for each request MUST be the same or your request will be void.

4) Degree Candidate Responsibility Statement

Print and complete the form.  Save and return it as a PDF.

5) Submit Your Thesis

Submit your thesis online to the Rutgers Electronic Theses and Dissertation system

Final electronic submissions will only be reviewed after all above forms are completed and returned to the Your thesis must be submitted and approved by the deadline for the degree date listed on your title page.

All forms must be submitted before the deadline.  

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Sirman at