The Office of Graduate Studies

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 1/26/2017)
Dissertation and Thesis SUBMISSION Guide (.pdf) (updated 1/26/2017)

This guide was prepared by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies. 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 Studies, FA3.104, (972) 883 2234. Revised January 26, 2017

Thesis/Dissertation Templates

Windows Thesis/Dissertation Template (updated 11/11/2016)
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)


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 doctoral dissertation questions please contact Amanda Aiuvalasit or Josefine Green
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.