After I've defended my masters thesis, if I haven't published it anywhere, should I list it in the preprints section on my CV?

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    Well, that begs the question: do you have a preprint?
    – Kimball
    Jul 4 '15 at 12:29
  • @Kimball yep, I had to publish papers before even starting my thesis, so I alredy have publications and preprints on my CV.
    – user119264
    Jul 4 '15 at 12:37
  • I think that, if a thesis is put on a preprint repository even before you defend for your degree, it is actually not unpublished anymore. It is published and available to your academic community.
    – enthu
    Jul 4 '15 at 13:57
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    I meant a preprint of your thesis. (I interpreted your statement as meaning you haven't had it submitted and approved by your committee, but maybe you mean something else?)
    – Kimball
    Jul 4 '15 at 14:01
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    Yes. Once your masters thesis in a state where you are ready to share it, I recommend that you upload it to the arXiv or some other public preprint server. At that point, it makes good sense to list your thesis on your CV. Some people use a specific section called "Theses and Dissertations", but if you have only one, it may make sense just to list among your preprints.
    – Dan C
    Jul 5 '15 at 4:24

This question addresses how to list a thesis on your CV, but generally is speaking about dissertations that have already been completed. The basic conclusion is to list theses in their own separate section.

For your situation, with a nearly complete dissertation, it would be appropriate to list it the same way, but for its date list the future date when it is anticipated to be finalized. This would look something like:

Master's Dissertation: thesis title, September 2016 (anticipated).

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