ETD Formatting Information





ETD Formatting Advisor:

Megan Maier
Formatting Advisor
Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 2-5 pm  
9 Montana Hall
(406) 994-7518

The Formatting Advisor's role is to officially accept your thesis or dissertation on behalf of The Graduate School and make sure your thesis or dissertation conforms to the standard formatting option or the manuscript option to uphold a look of professionalism and a level of consistency in ETDs submitted to MSU.  The formatting advisor does not provide technical or editing support, and will not format your paper for you.  It is the student’s responsibility to create a professional paper within the Graduate School’s formatting guidelines. We encourage students to start this process early and read the formatting guidelines before the semester you graduate and email the formatting advisor at anytime with questions.

When you are ready to submit your thesis or dissertation to The Graduate School for a formatting review or for final approval, please send your document to You will be notified of any changes necessary for your thesis or dissertation to be approved. Please review the formatting guides before submitting a draft.

Formatting Guides

The Graduate School has formatting standards in place that all ETDs must meet before they receive final approval as a fulfillment of graduation requirements. Familiarize yourself with the formatting guidelines.
Two options are available:

Word Processing or Document Preparation Software:

Most students use Microsoft Word or LaTeX for ETD preparation, but students may choose any program they feel comfortable with. The Graduate School does not provide technical support for document preparation. It is your responsibility to understand the program you choose for editing your thesis or dissertation.

  • LaTeX

    The Graduate School has a LaTeX template provided by Mechanical Engineering Professor Mark Owkes. 

    The Graduate School does not provide technical support for LaTeX and all thesis/dissertations in LaTeX must comply with all formatting guidelines. Students using LaTeX templates from this website are responsible for ensuring that the templates conform to all formatting guidelines regardless of the current template configurations.

Typist Editor List

The Formatting Advisor maintains a list of typists/editors as a resource for students. The individuals listed are independent contractors and are not employed by The Graduate School. Students may contact individuals listed below for help with formatting a document in Microsoft Word, or for editing on a for-hire basis. The Graduate School does not guarantee the availability or credentials of the individuals on this list. Fees, credentials, and any other needed information are solely the responsibility of the student hiring the typist/editor. The Graduate School supplies this list only as a courtesy.