Graduate Studies

*Formatting - Master's Projects and Theses


*Master's Projects can be documented with a report or an abstract.  Please consult with your academic advisor to know if either a report or an abstract will be required. 

Formatting -Master's Projects (with report) and Theses 

Master's projects and theses are University records. As such, they must conform to a standardized "look and feel" in order to achieve consistency.  The University Library keeps a permanent copy of your project or thesis on the Bronco Scholar Repository as a matter of record.

The University Library is responsible for two separate reviews required before you submit your final project or thesis.  The purpose of the first "preliminary library format review" is to obtain feedback on the way in which you have formatted your project or thesis, according to the university formatting guide. Then, after you have made any necessary format changes as a result of this initial review, you will schedule a second final library format review appointment.  

Appointments are required and should be scheduled at least six weeks before posted submission deadline at:

You will email your project or thesis to the assigned library reviewer after you have arranged an appointment. The preliminary pages include (title page, signature page, abstract, acknowledgment page, table of contents, list of tables, list of figures, one page of references, and at least the first two chapters).  Please note that that the library reviewer is not checking for content, just formatting, and consistency of paper.  Please refer to the University Formatting Guide.

Projects with Abstracts

Project Abstracts do not require Library Formatting Review.  They are submitted electronically by filling out the form in step #10. 

Formatting Guide

Please view our new formatting guide here. 

 *Please note: This instruction document has been created in Microsoft Word 2013 on a PC.  Many of the steps displayed in this document may aesthetically be different from other versions, however, they should be in a similar location and/or function that is displayed here. Older versions of Microsoft Word may have more drastic differences.  This instruction document has been created to help instruct master's students at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and may not be suitable instructions for students at other universities.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding formatting a master's project or thesis, please contact    

Please note that some programs format their theses using LaTeX instead of Microsoft Word.  Please check with your department for preferred formatting software.