A template is a collection of pre-set style and formatting choices. The blank Research Commons Thesis Template was developed by members of the Research Commons and the Chapman Learning Commons, and has been checked and approved by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS). It is an MS Word .docx document that will work on both PCs and Macs. It has been pre-formatted to adhere to the G+PS requirements, and includes an automatic table of contents, as well as appropriately formatted headings, fonts, and page margins. The Thesis Template Guides, in PDF format, provide instructional tools to navigate through each formatting component required for G+PS approval, with separate PC and Mac guides designed to walk you through MS Word features. These guides are available through the Guides tab above.
Use the section template if your degree is in Animal Science, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Forensic Science, Geology, Marine Science, Physics, Plant Science, or Viticulture and Enology
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Use the template provided at the top of this page as a pattern for creating your title page. Be sure all faculty members are identified by their correct professional titles. Check with the department for current information. Do not use such designations as "PhD" or "Dr." on the title page.
Bob is the Thesis and Dissertation Support Specialist in the Graduate School. He helps graduate students use the Thesis and Dissertation Templates and has updated the templates for use with different versions of Microsoft Word. He also assists students with converting their theses or dissertations to pdf format. We have a few MS Word templates available for your reference. has page numbers placed on the bottom of the document. , the APA template, has page numbers on the top of the page and APA (6th edition) style headings. If you are writing a "multi-part" or manuscript thesis/dissertation, you may want to use .