Thesis Forms and Documents


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It is important that students and faculty check this website each semester for the latest instructions and guidelines. Failure to submit the thesis as instructed is likely to result in a delay in graduation.

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Required Reading

  • SJSU Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Guidelines (pdf)
    Must be read by all students who plan on submitting a master's thesis to Graduate Studies. These guidelines are effective Fall 2016. Previous versions of the guidelines no longer apply. The SJSU thesis guidelines also include templates for the introductory pages of your thesis or dissertation that must be followed. 

Required Forms for Master's Theses

  • Thesis Information Packet (pdf) Last updated November 2019. All pages must be filled out and included when you initially submit your thesis to the College of Graduate Studies for review. The packet includes the following:

  • Thesis Information Form (pdf)

  • Thesis Committee Approval Form (pdf) (must be signed by all your committee members at the time you send your thesis to the College of Graduate Studies). The Thesis Committee Approval Form serves as evidence that your committee members have all approved your thesis. The thesis itself should contain only a thesis committee page that lists your committee members and follows the template provided in Appendix D of the thesis guidelines.

  • SJSU License Agreement Updated to include several different embargo options pursuant to University Policy S14-10. Please fill out the thesis information packet completely. The thesis information packet must be included as a separate attachment when you email your thesis for initial review to the College of Graduate Studies (i.e., do not incorporate the forms into your thesis document). 

Digital or handwritten signatures are accepted from faculty members on the Thesis Committee Approval Form and from the student on the SJSU License Agreement.

Required Supplementary Documents (When Applicable)

  • IRB or IACUC Approval Letter (if applicable)
    If research for your thesis involved either human or animal subjects, you must provide evidence that you had obtained the appropriate permission before conducting your research and collecting any data. Approval is needed from either

    The SJSU Human Subjects - Institutional Review Board (IRB)

    The SJSU Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

    IRB or IACUC approval letters should be included as a separate attachment when you email your thesis for initial review to Graduate Studies.

  • Copyright Permissions (if applicable)
    If copyrighted material is included in your thesis, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner and provide evidence that such permission was obtained at the time that you submit your thesis to the College of Graduate Studies. Examples of copyrighted material may include any images that are not your own - tables, figures, graphs, photographs, maps - as well as extensive portions of text, such as the reproduction of journal articles. See the following link, Copyright Information, for further guidance.

    Sample Permission Letter for Use of Copyrighted Material (pdf)
    Template for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material within a thesis.

    Copyright permissions should be included as a separate attachment when you email your thesis for initial review to the College of Graduate Studies

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