Graduate Policies & Procedures


The Institute’s policy concerning ownership of copyrights in theses is covered in Faculty Regulation 2.71. “The Institute will retain ownership of the copyrights to theses only if the thesis research is performed in whole or in part by the student with financial support in the form of wages, salary, stipend, or grant from funds administered by the Institute, and/or if the thesis research is performed in whole or in part utilizing equipment or facilities provided to the Institute under conditions that impose copyright restrictions. In all other cases, ownership of a copyright shall reside with the student.”

Students may request a waiver of the Institute’s copyrights by written application to the Institute’s Technology Licensing Office (NE25-230).

Where copyright ownership is retained by the student, the student must, as condition of a degree award, grant royalty-free permission to the Institute to reproduce and publicly distribute copies of the thesis, and must place the following legend on the thesis title page or page immediately following: “The author hereby grants to MIT permission to reproduce and to distribute publicly paper and electronic copies of this thesis document in whole or in part.”

Where copyright is retained by the Institute, any further publication in whole or in part shall be made only with the authorization of the Technology Licensing Office, in consultation with the head of the department or program in which the student was registered when the thesis was accepted. Guidance on current copyright procedures is included in the Specifications for Thesis Preparation published each year by the MIT Libraries.