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Formatting - Master's Projects 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.

After receiving the approval and signatures of all members of your committee, you must schedule the "final" Library format review appointment. 

Formatting Rules:

Typing

Theses/Projects must be typed double-spaced on one side of the page. Font size must be no smaller than 10 points or larger than 12 points.

Standard typefaces including Arial, Calibri, and Times New Roman are required. When in doubt regarding type font, format, illustrations or non-printed materials, consult the Library Reviewer before the final copy is prepared. 

Margins

Margins on the top, right and bottom must be 1", and the left margin must be 1.5" (to have room for binding). [Exceptions: The Title Page and Signature Page should each have 2" margins at the top.] All material to be included (including appendices) must fit within the margins.  Double check with a ruler before submitting. Margins are measured from the edge of the text to the edge of the sheet.

Pagination

Beginning with the first page of the main body of the text, pages are numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.). All pages preceding the first page of the body are counted and numbered with lower case Roman numerals (ii, iii, iv, etc.). The title page is counted but the number is not printed on the page. 

Photographs and Illustrations

Complete sets of photographs must be submitted for each copy of the thesis/project if required by those who receive copies. Large photographs must fit within the specified margins. Smaller photographs should allow space for captions.

Scanned or digital photographs may also be inserted into the text and printed out.

All photographs, illustrations, graphs, tables, drawings, and charts must fit within the specified margins.

Sequence of Parts

Please note:The student's department will specify which style manual is to be followed.  It is the responsibility of the student to check with the department for the style manual required for their discipline.  It is the responsibility of the student's thesis/project committee to verify that the style manual is followed.  For examples of commonly used formats check:  Citing Sources (Duke University Libraries).  Style manuals are available at the university bookstore and in the University Library.

Below is a simple sequence order of the layout of a project or thesis. For a more in depth explanation and specifics on the layout, please , reference the links provided below:

Supporting Materials for formatting your project or thesis

Master’s Project formatting template pages

Master’s Thesis formatting template pages

1. Cover sheet

The cover sheet is a blank page. Electronic submissions do not require this cover sheet.

2. Title page [counted but no page number printed]

3. Signature page [page ii]

Your name, on this page, should be consistent with how it appears on the title page. In the Date section indicate the quarter and year submitted.

4. Acknowledgments (optional) [page iii]

An acknowledgment page is optional.

5. Abstract [page iii or, iv.]

Check with your department for abstract length.  

6. Table of Contents (includes all parts listed in this Sequence of Parts section, with the exception of the title page) [each page counted and numbered].

This template is an example of one format, but you may use other formats as directed by your department/College. Check for correct page numbers before final printing.

7. List of Tables (if applicable) [each page counted and numbered].

This template is an example of one format, but you may use other formats as directed by your department/College.

8. List of Figures (if applicable) [each page counted and numbered].

This template is an example of one format, but you may use other formats as directed by your department/College. 

9. Text [ page 1, 2, 3, etc.]

The student's department will specify which style manual is to be followed.  It is the responsibility of the student to check with the department for the style manual required for their discipline.  It is the responsibility of the student's thesis/project committee to verify that the style manual is followed.  For examples of commonly used formats check:  Citing Sources (Duke University Libraries).  Style manuals are available at the university bookstore and in the University Library.

10. References (or Works Cited or Bibliography) [each page counted and numbered].

COMPLETE CITATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Follow the style manual to construct your bibliography or list of references. Take special care to note the full citation information when referencing electronic or web resources.  It is the responsibility of the student's thesis/project committee to verify that proper bibliographic forms are followed. 

11. Appendices (if applicable) [each page counted and numbered consecutively].