The Office of Graduate Education

Preparation of Dissertation and Thesis

The final step in earning a graduate degree is generally the completion of the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. This guide is designed to help the student present the results of graduate study and research for the use and interest of the academic community and the public. This guide contains format requirements for:

  • The traditional thesis or dissertation,
  • The manuscript thesis or dissertation, in which manuscripts of articles that have been or will be submitted to journals in the field are used in the body of the thesis or dissertation

Dissertation and Thesis FORMATTING Guide (.pdf) (updated 3/4/2019)
Dissertation and Thesis SUBMISSION Guide (.pdf) (updated 3/4/2019)

This guide was prepared by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education. Questions concerning these guidelines or any aspect of manuscript preparation for the thesis or dissertation should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education, FA3.104, (972) 883 2234. Revised February, 2019

Thesis/Dissertation Templates

Windows Thesis/Dissertation Template (updated 2/16/2018)
LaTeX Template (updated 11/11/2016). For LaTex technical questions, you may contact Dr. Kevin Hamlen

Checklists and more

Checklist for Final Submission of Doctoral Dissertation
Checklist for Final Submission of Master’s Thesis
Sample Pages (.pdf)

Upcoming Workshops

See Spring 2019 workshops and events!


Spring 2019 Formatting Workshops_Formatting (.pdf)
Spring 2019 Formatting Workshops_Submission (.pdf)


Detailed information concerning the procedures for completing a graduate degree at The University of Texas at Dallas is contained in the Policy Memorandum “Policy on Procedures for Completing a Graduate Degree - UTDPP1052”

Contact Information

For questions please contact Josefine Green, Alyssa Grimley, or Allison Nepomnick.
For electronic submission process questions please contact Dr. Elizabeth Rugg. Dr. Rugg holds office hours on Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm and Wednesdays 9:00-10:00am.