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ETD Format Requirements - Section-Specific

Students are responsible for meeting all the format requirements as outlined by the Office of Graduate Studies on this website. Click on any section link in the menu to view formatting requirements for that specific section, along with examples and instructions on how to use and set up formatting functions in Microsoft Word. In addition to these section-specific requirements, there are also general format requirements needed throughout the thesis/dissertation. Those can be found under ETD Formatting - General.

The Office of Graduate Studies does not specify a specific structure or organization for the main body of the manuscript ( such as content, number of chapters, chapter organization, etc.). However, individual Graduate Programs may require a specific style ( i.e.: APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) set forth by their program throughout the manuscript.

Manuscript Sections

The table below outlines the sections of the manuscript along with page numbering requirements.

Section Required or Optional Page Numbering
Title Page Required No page number
Dedication Optional No page number
Acknowledgments Optional No page number
Table of Contents Required Lowercase Roman (i, ii, iii)
List of Tables Required (if tables are used) Lowercase Roman (i, ii, iii)
List of Figures Required (if figures are used) Lowercase Roman (i, ii, iii)
Abstract Required Lowercase Roman (i, ii, iii)
Main Body Required Arabic (1, 2, 3)
References Required (unless placed at end of chapters) Arabic (1, 2, 3)
Appendices Optional Arabic (1, 2, 3)
About the Author Optional No Page Number (Use "End Page" on TOC)