Your dissertation/ thesis must conform to academic and institutional standards. Please read over the following formatting guidelines. These guidelines should be used in conjunction with the specific style adopted by your academic program.
Because requirements may change over time, students should not use existing library or departmental copies of manuscripts as examples of proper format. Please always check the current format in the Doctoral Handbook or Master's Handbook.
Please remember: The College of Graduate Studies checks your document for required formatting; we do not read your content. This means that we do not check your citations, spelling, or grammar, or review your document for plagiarism.Click the headers below for more information
Text may not extend beyond 1-inch for left/right and top/bottom margins for each page. All figures and tables must also conform to these margins. Do not hyphenate words between lines.
- Times New Roman, size 12
- No special font should be included in the preliminary pages (bold, italics, underlining).
- Double-spaced or space-and-a-half throughout the document.
- Right alignment set to ragged edge or right justified.
- Be sure to be consistent through your document regarding which spacing and alignment style chosen.
- Bottom center
- .5 inches from the bottom
- Times New Roman, font size 12
Preliminary pages of the dissertation/thesis are numbered with lower case Roman numerals starting with the Abstract on page v. The page numbers should run consecutively throughout the rest of the preliminary pages.
The first page of the body of the narrative text is numbered with Arabic numerals starting with page 1. The page numbers should run consecutively throughout the rest of the narrative text.
Page Titles should be in ALL CAPS.
Preliminary page formatting is very detailed. Please be sure to use the available templates or make sure the formatting matches the examples available in the Doctoral Handbook or Master's Student Handbook.
Are you having trouble with formatting in word? Check out our Word 2010 Instruction Manual.
Title page (no pagination)
Copyright page (no pagination)
Committee member page (no pagination)
Abstract (pagination begins here at v)
Dedication (not required)
Acknowledgements (not required)
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Microsoft Word offers an automatic Table of Contents option in the References tab. However, the headings and subheadings must be formatted to use this option. See Word 2010 Instruction Manual starting on page 4.
If a figure or table is included in the manuscript, a List of Tables or List of Figures must also be included. The List of Figures and List of Tables should have the same format as the Table of Contents. However, the headings should include FIGURES and PAGE or TABLES and PAGE.