Thesis and Dissertation Office
If you have any questions or concerns about the new format rules please don't hesitate to contact us.
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ATTENTION: New, simpler format rules have been approved for 2016.
During the transition period of Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 semesters, manuscripts using either the old 2011 formatting rules or the new 2016 formatting rules will be acceptable.
The new rules for 2016 should be adhered to completely or the old rules for 2011 should be adhered to completely; that is, rules from the 2011 and 2016 rule books cannot be mixed.
Beginning with Fall 2016 semester, only formatting using the 2016 rules will be accepted.
The revised 2016 University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations (a pdf file that opens in a new window) covers all formatting rules in depth as well as details about electronic submission. Updated supplementary material (PowerPoints and templates of pages) based on the new 2016 rules is now available online.
The old 2011 edition of the University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations is also available (a pdf file that opens in a new window). Students who require an accessible screen read version will need to use Adobe Reader 9.0 or above. From the "View" menu in Adobe Reader, select the "Read Out Loud" option to have the PDF document read.
Along with the university guide, departmental style guides (e.g., APA, MLA, etc.) should be consulted for specific citation and reference style. If you are using human and/or animal subjects in your research, contact the Office of University Research. For more information regarding Graduate Programs, please visit the Graduate Studies Website.
Click on any underlined item listed below to bring up a new web page with formatting information.