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Caltech Theses: Templates

Ph.D. theses must be submitted in electronic form as part of the graduation requirements for Caltech. This guide serves as a stepping-off point for this process.

Naming your thesis files

Your thesis file names should include your own name as well as your graduation date.  Please do not use "thesis.pdf" as the file name for your uploaded thesis.


  • smith_jane_2012_thesis.pdf ; SmithJane2012thesis.pdf ;
  • smith_jane_2012_thesis_ch1.pdf ; SmithJane2012ThesisCh1.pdf ;
  • smith_jane_thesis_bibliography.pdf ; SmithJaneThesisBibliography.pdf


Caltech Seal

Please note: As of October 21st, 2015, the Caltech seal is no longer approved for use on thesis title pages and covers.  You may use the Caltech logo instead, or eliminate it completely.   As of this date, theses already submitted or in the pipeline are grandfathered.