The Office of Graduate Studies

Preparation of Dissertation and Thesis

Due to the closure of the University for the Winter Break, if you wish to defend Jan. 3 – 16, 2018, you are required to submit your dissertation to the Thesis and Dissertation Submission website by Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Also, please note that the submission website will be closed during the Winter Break and will reopen for activity on Jan. 3, 2018.

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 12/18/2017)
Dissertation and Thesis SUBMISSION Guide (.pdf) (updated 12/18/2017)

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 December 18, 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)


Fall 2017 Formatting Workshops_Formatting (.pdf)
Fall 2017 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 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.