Thesis & Dissertation Format Guidelines

Submission deadline: The formatting check for the submission process may take up to several weeks to complete. Students should allot sufficient time--at the very minimum, 2 weeks--to complete the library requirement before the add/drop deadline of the new semester or they will need to register for the new semester to maintain continuous enrollment.

Students should note that citation styles and organizational practices may have changed and thus should avoid using past work as a template. Follow the guidelines and the template/sample documents in the appendix.

  1. General Information
  2. Document Setup and Format Requirements
  3. Contents
  4. Printing Considerations
  5. Appendix: Template & Sample Pages​


The library maintains a list of completed dissertations & theses from our graduates. A full text & searchable database of digitized titles is available at Dissertations & Theses @ University of the West for current library patrons. Some items may also be freely available in Open Access at the institutional repository.