ETD Formatting Information
Whether you are just starting to write your thesis or it is your final semester of Graduate School, it is never too soon to reach out to the Formatting Advisor! Communication between the Formatting Advisor and students is often through email; however, students are welcome to stop by the office to discuss formatting,although an appointment is recommended. Feel free to email the formatting advisor to make an appointment.
The Graduate School has formatting standards in place which all ETDs must meet before they receive final approval as a fulfillment of graduation requirements. Please familiarize yourself with the formatting guidelines. The guidelines are explained in our Sample Pages with explanations (PDF).
Two options are available:
In order to help make your ETD accessible to everyone, we ask that you do your best to address accessibility issues when formatting your ETD.
Most students use Microsoft Word or LaTeX for ETD preparation, but students may use any program with which they feel comfortable. The Graduate School does not provide technical support for document preparation. It is your responsibility to understand the program you choose for editing your document.
The Graduate School provides templates for front matter (title page, copyright page, etc.) in .docx format:
- Master's Degree Template (.docx)
- Doctoral Degree Template (.docx)
- Doctoral students: please read the blue box info on the Submissions page.
- DNP Template (.docx)
Note: the formatting requirements and Templates were updated in August 2020 to allow for a 1" left margin. Papers with 1.5" left margins are also still acceptable.
For a walk-through on using the templates and commonly seen formatting errors, please visit the Video Tutorials page.
For instructions on how to achieve various formatting tasks, please visit the Formatting FAQ.
The Graduate School links to a LaTeX Template Page provided by Mechanical Engineering Professor Mark Owkes. The Graduate School does not provide technical support for LaTeX and all ETDs formatted in LaTeX must comply with all formatting guidelines. Students using LaTeX templates from this website are responsible for ensuring that the resulting document conforms to all formatting guidelines regardless of the current template configurations.
The Graduate School maintains Typist & Editor List as a resource for students. The individuals listed are independent contractors and are not employed by The Graduate School. The Graduate School does not guarantee the availability or credentials of the individuals on this list. Fees, credentials and any other necessary information are solely the responsibility of the student hiring the typist/editor.