Several of the graduate programs at Fitchburg State University include a thesis requirement or thesis option. Students completing a thesis must adhere to the policies and standards set forth in the thesis guidelines. Thesis guidelines can be obtained through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education or the student's academic department. Upon completion of the thesis, the student is required to submit a bound copy to be placed in the Library Archives and in the student's academic department. Students have the option to find their own bindery service (contact the library for information on binding requirements) or you may use the Gallucci-Cirio Library's bindery service.
To use the library's bindery service, we require a minimum of 3 copies to be bound. Each copy must have an original thesis committee signature sheet and be printed on acid free, quality bond paper (see thesis guidelines for details). When your thesis is complete, bring the copies you want bound to the Circulation Desk. The cost of binding is $11 per copy; minimum cost is $33 payable by cash or check. At the end of each semester the library will send the copies of all theses received out to our bindery service. Turnaround time from when we send the copies to the bindery to when we receive them back is approximately 4 weeks. When the bindery sends the bound theses back to the library one copy is automatically placed in the Library Archives, one copy is automatically sent to the student's academic department and the students are contacted to pick up their copies.