A separate abstract is submitted to ProQuest Information and Learning (PQIL) during the electronic submission process and must be formatted following the guidelines on the . It is important to write an abstract that gives a clear description of the content and major divisions of the thesis/dissertation, since PQIL will publish the abstract exactly as submitted.
Below are the guidelines on formatting your thesis or dissertation for the Graduate School. You can download the thesis example document ( or ) to save to your computer or print for reference.
Your reference pages must be prepared following these guidelines:
The guidelines below specify directions for graduate students who are submitting a thesis or a dissertation in partial fulfillment of degree requirements. The guidelines herein take precedence over those in the style manuals required by departments. Students should consult their supervising professors as to the required style manual for their individual programs. It is important that you visit each link to ensure that you follow specific instructions outlined in the guidelines.
The final thesis must be emailed to the Program Director by the due date designated in Blackboard and must be formatted according to the guidelines below:The Graduate School now only accepts theses and dissertations submitted electronically. Students preparing graduate theses should carefully review the Thesis Guidelines and prepare your document according to the specific instructions. The Title page contains the title of your manuscript, your name, your previous degrees (including your majors, institutions and years centered on the page). Count the title page as page "ii". The degree you will be receiving at UNM, and the month and year of your graduation should be listed toward the bottom of the page (check with Graduate Studies for the graduation date). When listing the degree to be awarded, please refer to the Master’s and Doctoral included with these guidelines. Do not use abbreviations.All Theses and Dissertations must follow the uniform guidelines provided by the Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation Guide. Some style differences may be acceptable if approved by the student's advisory committee and academic discipline. However, the general formatting should match as close as possible in order to maintain uniformity in all OSU publications.