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 2020-2021 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!  After creating your ProQuest account, you should enter the title of your dissertation or thesis in title caps (as opposed to the all caps title required on the title page). For help with capitalization, try  

More tips and help with writing style is available from J. Murrey Atkins Library.  


LaTeX (or LyX):  Thesis and Dissertation Templates created by Dr. Andrew Willis.  To download or copy the template visit  You can also check the calendar at the Center for Graduate Life to find LaTex workshops each semester. 

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

Accessibility and ADA Compliance

In accordance with UNC Charlotte's efforts to make educational and scholarly content available to everyone, the Graduate School asks that you do your best to make your Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) Accessible.  This means your document will be compatible with screen readers and other assistive technologies which will widen the scope of who can access your ETD.

Checking Your ETD for Accessibility

Word: In the more recent versions of Word, click the "File" tab. Then click the "Check for Issues" button, and choose "Accessibility Check."   Please do your best to address any errors or warnings that arise. If you have trouble, visit Microsoft's Accessibility Training.

Adobe Acrobat: Choose "Tools" > "Accessibility." Then in the secondary toolbar, click "Full Check." Choose "Start Checking."  Please do your best to fix any failed items. You can right click each item and choose "Explain" for more information, or you can visit Adobe's Accessibility Tutorial.

Use of Previously Published Material (including your own)

  • Students using reprints of previously published, copyrighted material must obtain permission from the publisher to use that material in the thesis or dissertation. You are responsible for securing permission even if you are using your own previously published material.
  • The necessary permission letter may be included in the thesis or dissertation appendices. Less ideally, it can be sent directly to ProQuest via email or by mail to Author and School Relations, 789 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346.
  • A sample reprint permission letter can be found on the Graduate School's website - Refer to Guide #4.

For additional formatting information, please see our ETD Preparation web page and our FAQs.