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Engineering: Master's Thesis FAQ

Thesis Instructions

(If you are completing a doctoral dissertation, please visit the Doctoral Programs Library Guide.)

Master’s Thesis Guidelines for Library Copy
Lawrence Technological University

A thesis is a special publication of work related to study and research for an advanced degree. The University requires that a print and an electronic copy of your thesis be deposited in the Lawrence Tech Library to be retained as a permanent record of accomplishment. Please adhere to the following guidelines for the publishing of your thesis.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide the library with one unbound copy of the thesis manuscript and to pay in advance for binding it.  The student must also provide the library with an electronic copy of the manuscript as a PDF.
A student must bring a copy of the binding form signed by his/her advisor when the manuscript is delivered to the library.  If the advisor is not available to sign the binding form, the advisor must contact the library by email, verifying that the student has completed the thesis and that it is ready for publication.
Required Elements for Library Copy:
Title page must include-
  • Title of the thesis
  • Student  name
  • Degree name in full
  • Year degree awarded
  • Advisor’s name
Copyright statement should be at the bottom of the title page (or on a separate page following the title page)
  • E.g. ©2011 Dora Canine. All rights reserved. 
  • In some instances, for example, if grant money was used to fund the research, the institution may be the copyright holder. Please check with your advisor.
·        Abstract (if required by department. Generally less than 350 words) to follow the title page

       Subsequent pages should follow the department standard or template.

Physical Requirements:

  • 8.5 x 11 inches  
  • Print on one side of page only
  • Acid free or archival quality paper (most printer & copy paper meets archival standards, but be sure to read the label if you are purchasing a ream, or check with the printer
  •  Minimum paper weight of 20# - we recommend 24 to 28# weights; this reduces bleed through and tearing
  •  Inside margins of 1.5 inches. One half to three quarters of an inch may be “lost” in the spine after the manuscript is bound. Keep in mind that other students and faculty will be reading your publication and all content should be easily accessible for reading and photocopying  


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Master's Theses prepared by Lawrence Tech students are "On Reserve" in the LTU library. Search for them in TechCat+ by title or author. Find a list of theses by doing a subject search:

To find a list of master's theses, click below on each link, or copy the appropriate subject query into the search box on the home page:


Go to the TechCat Advanced Search Page. Change the box label to "Subject" and paste the subject heading from the above list into the search box. Be sure to delete "su:".

See examples below:


If you have questions regarding paper quality, binding, library requirements, etc., please contact the library prior to printing your copies. Once the copies are printed you may make an appointment to bring them in by calling 248.204.3000 or emailing To ensure binding in a particular month, please deliver the printed copies to the library the Thursday BEFORE the scheduled pick-up date. The turn-around time for binding has been 4-5 weeks, but is subject to change.


Bindery pick-up dates for 2023 (Wednesday)
  • January 18
  • February 22
  • March 22
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • June 28
  • July 26
  • August 23
  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 15
  • December 20
  • January 17, 2024
  • February 21, 2024