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Thesis and Dissertation Office - Format Guide 

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Thesis and Dissertation Office

If you have any questions or concerns about the new format rules please don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Hours: 9 am to 5pm, M-F
  • University Library 5th Floor, Room 501
  • Phone: (562) 985-4013
  • Email:

If necessary, you can download Adobe Reader to access accessible versions of the provided PDF documents.

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2016 Edition University Format Guidelines

The 2016 University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations pdf document icon (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.

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

Links to Formatting Resources

Click on any underlined item listed below to bring up a new web page with formatting information.