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Thesis and Dissertation Office - Format Guide 



ATTENTION: Electronic submission of manuscripts is REQUIRED beginning with Fall 2014. Not all web pages have been completely updated and may have contradictory information. Please contact the Thesis and Dissertation Office if you have any questions or concerns about the submission process.

Specifically, the University Style and Format Guidelines PDF mentioned below has not been revised. An addendum will be available on this web page as soon as possible. In the meantime, be aware of these major changes that are described differently in the University Guidelines Manual PDF:

  1. The procedures and publishing requirements described in Chapter 3 are no longer valid.
  2. The manuscript must be submitted through an online database website. It must be complete in one PDF with embedded font.
  3. The signature page is treated as a separate document and is not included in the manuscript PDF. The signature page is submitted to the Thesis Office, printed out and fully signed with all signatures, by 5 p.m. of the deadline date.
  4. The guard sheets (blank pieces of paper) are not required in the manuscript PDF.



The 2011 edition of the University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations is available as a PDF (click here) (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.

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The University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations is available as a PDF (click here) and should be consulted by all graduate students as they prepare their thesis, project report, or dissertation for submission. 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


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