Your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation should be formatted according to the College of Arts & Sciences guidelines and submitted for review by the posted deadlines.
Submission deadlines can be found on the Graduation and Deadlines Calendar.
By the format review deadline, you must submit a single, complete draft of your manuscript within the mandatory template provided by our office. A complete draft includes the following:
- All preliminary pages, fully completed
- A complete table of contents and list of tables, figures, and abbreviations where applicable
- Captions for all tables and figures
- All major headings, section headings, and subsection headings
- At least one or two paragraphs of text beneath every heading
- A draft version of your references and/or works cited pages
All theses and dissertations required as part of a degree program will be accepted ONLY in digital PDF format. All electronic files submitted for partial fulfillment of degree requirements must conform to the university standards before final approval is granted by the Office of Graduate Services .
This guide explains in detail and gives specific examples of precisely how the format and typeface of the document should appear.
Below, you will find four template options. Use of one of the approved templates is a mandatory requirement for all thesis and dissertation submissions. Each template is pre-formatted according to the College formatting guidelines, and has comments explaining each required section.
Dissertation and thesis binding is an optional step in the graduation process. There are several companies that specialize in binding, one such being Thesis on Demand. You may research and use the company that best suits your needs.
Printing Recommendations: double-sided pages, page numbers at the bottom center of the page, and cotton paper in the 8.5 X 11 letter size.
If you have questions about binding, please contact Samantha Jakobeit at email@example.com in the Office of Graduate Services.
Master’s Thesis/ Doctoral Dissertation formatting workshops for graduating students are held each semester. Fall 2021 dates are:
Thursday, September 23, 1 PM - 2 PM and Friday, September 24, 11 AM - 12 PM (click the date to join)
In addition to the workshop, we will be offering open office hours for format review on
Mondays, starting September 27, from 1 PM - 4 PM and
Tuesdays, starting September 28, from 10 AM- 1 PM.
Click here to access open office hours.
Contact us for information on the application process. Program-specific inquiries should be directed to your college, school or institute of interest.