Space and indent your thesis or dissertation following these guidelines: Exceptions: Blocked quotations, notes, captions, legends, and long headings must be single-spaced throughout the document and double-spaced between items.
Our thesis formatting tutorial takes you step-by-step through the process of formatting your thesis from our template file.
Writers of theses and dissertations should follow any guidelines their schools provide.
If a school does not provide such guidelines, a successfully defended dissertation in the writer’s department might provide an example to follow.
Have your formatting reviewed by the Graduate School by the formatting deadline.
Spacing Double space throughout, with the exception of the title page; captions; table or figure headings; extensive quotations; footnotes or endnotes; entries in the References section; entries in the Table of Contents; and appendices.Font Any standard font is acceptable; however, the same font should be used throughout. The only exceptions to this font size are captions (not smaller than 9 point) and headings (not larger than 20 point).Margins ALL pages must have 1″ top, bottom, left, and right margins.To ensure clear and legible text for all copies, choose a True Type font recommended by Pro Quest Dissertation Publishing.A list of recommended fonts can be found on Pro Quest's site. Superscripts and subscripts (e.g., formulas, or footnote or endnote numbers) should be no more than 2 points smaller than the font size used for the body of the text.Non-traditional theses or dissertations such as whole works comprised of digital, artistic, video, or performance materials (i.e., no written text, chapters, or articles) are acceptable if approved by your committee and graduate program.A PDF document with a title page, copyright page, and abstract at minimum are required to be submitted along with any relevant supplemental files.The MLA Handbook does not provide guidelines for formatting a thesis or dissertation—or for preparing the parts of such a project, like a preface, dedication, or acknowledgments page—because most schools maintain their own formatting requirements.Although the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, out of print since 2016, summarized some of these requirements, it did so only in a very general way.The requirements listed in the Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Requirements apply to the formal master’s thesis and the doctoral dissertation.The thesis or dissertation is a report of original research and scholarly work that is shared with the academic community and is made available to the public.