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Physical Standards for Theses & Dissertations

All students must adhere to the Physical Standards for Theses and Dissertations that were revised February 25, 2014. Recent revisions include:

  • Approval Page Proxy: The proxy should sign his/her name followed by "(for John Doe)."
  • Students must submit one complete draft of their thesis/dissertation for a format review by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research three weeks before the deadline for submitting final copies (e.g., for May 2015 graduation the draft must be submitted by March 27, 2015). Please send the draft by electronic copy to [[apgrad]].

It is your responsibility to review the entire document to make sure you are in compliance. Please check with the graduate administrator in your department/program for help reviewing the thesis/dissertation for formatting standards before submission to the Office of Graduate Studies.

The Physical Standards for Theses and Dissertations provides a set of general standards for the preparation of theses and dissertations for graduate degrees in Arts & Sciences. Before you begin the final formatting of your thesis or dissertation, please carefully review the Physical Standards and consult with your program for additional specific style guidelines.

The required pages are standardized for all theses and dissertations and must be completed using one of the form/template formats (Word or PDF - Consult your Department/Program to see if they have a LaTeX template) below which are listed in required page order for the theses/dissertation.

**If a committee member is unable to receive a hard copy of the approval sheet via mail and is not available to sign the Thesis Recommendation Form or Recommendation and Defense of Dissertation Form, the committee member must send an e-mail message to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research which approves the thesis/dissertation and allows a proxy signature prior to the deadline for completion of degree requirements. If the Director of Graduate Studies is a member of the student’s thesis/dissertation committee, is the committee chair, or is out of town, the Department Chair/Program Director should serve as the proxy. The proxy should sign his/her name followed by (for John Doe).

  • Title Page -MS Word Form (Please note, titles may be unlimited in length, however, the Library spine binding will only permit a limit of 50 characters. You may wish to provide an abbreviated title for the spine binding at submission.)  (required for all theses and dissertations)
  • Title Dissertation Page - PDF Form (Please note, titles may be unlimited in length, however, the Library spine binding will only permit a limit of 100 characters. You may wish to provide an abbreviated title for the spine binding at submission.)  (required for all theses and dissertations)
  • Title Thesis Page - PDF Form (Please note, titles may be unlimited in length, however, the Library spine binding will only permit a limit of 100 characters. You may wish to provide an abbreviated title for the spine binding at submission.) (required for all theses and dissertations)
  • Approval Page (Thesis & Dissertation) - MS Word Form  (required for all theses and dissertations)  - (Firefox is recommended)  **
  • Compliance Committee Form - PDF Form (required for all theses and dissertations)
  • Compliance Page Template -MS Word Form
  • Abstract Page - PDF Form  (required for all theses and dissertations)
  • Table of Contents  (required for all theses and dissertations) - MS Word Form
  • Acknowledgements  (required for all theses and dissertations) -MS Word Form
  • Dedication - MS Word Form
  • List of Tables - MS Word Form
  • List of Figures - MS Word Form