Thesis-Frequently asked questions
1) Who do I go to with questions about my thesis?
Your thesis advisor should always be the primary contact for questions regarding your thesis. If that person is unavailable, contact another member of your thesis committee, or the dean of the school that grants the degree (for example, you would go to Dr. Vini Nathan for the MS in Sustainable Design).
If you have questions about the format for the thesis, such as what the page margins should be, you should refer to the thesis guidelines. You can download these from this web site.
For concerns about which forms to file and when, or if you have procedural questions, please contact the Office of the Provost, located in the Reichlin House (215-951-2917).
2) How long does it take to bind a thesis?
Theses are sent to the bindery twice per year (January 15 and June 15). The reason for sending them only twice per year is to take advantage of quantity discounts. The Gutman Library sends its journals and other material to the bindery on the same schedule and includes the theses received in the previous 6 months. The cost for binding a thesis would increase dramatically if each were bound when they were submitted.
3) How many copies of the thesis are bound and who gets them?
The charge for binding includes three copies, one of which is sent to each of the following: Gutman Library; school granting the degree; thesis chairman. You may order as many bound copies of the thesis as you wish. You are responsible for paying for the additional copies and must provide additional copies of the thesis on acid-free paper. You must also provide the office of the dean of graduate studies with a permanent address so that we may send you the copies once bound. Since it takes up to six months for the binding process, please realize that the address you provide is active for at least six months passed the submission date.
4) Is the fee for binding included in the graduation fee?
No, the binding fee is in addition to the graduation fee. Not all graduate programs require a thesis, or offer the thesis as an option, so the binding fee does not apply to all programs. The fee is relatively modest and is typically only a portion of what it costs Philadelphia University to bind the theses.
5) How much does binding cost?
As of January 2010, the binding fee is $100 for the required first three copies. If you would like additional copies bound, the fee is $30 per copy. This fee is subject to change. Please contact the office of the dean of graduate studies for current cost information.thesisfaqs