Manuals and Templates


A former student's dissertation or thesis is not a guaranteed substitute for the Graduate School's official formatting manual; you must familiarize yourself with the 2018-2019 Manual of General Formatting Requirements. These helpful Sample Pages are referenced in the Manual. 

For those composing an article-style dissertation, the Three Article Dissertation Guidelines should be consulted in conjunction with the traditional Manual.

New! Know Your Style Guide! The Graduate School expects you to adhere to your own style guide when citing sources, creating footnotes and endnotes, formatting subheadings, etc. (Thanks to the Purdue Online Writing Lab for this amazing resource.)


LaTeX (or LyX):  Thesis and Dissertation Templates created by Dr. Andrew Willis.  To download or copy the template visit

For users of Microsoft Word, we strongly urge that you download and use these templates for your front matter: