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Thesis And Dissertation Formatting Tutorials

MSU Libraries' Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review reviews documents for compliance with University formatting guidelines after approval by graduate students' committee members.

For help, please contact:
  etd@library.msstate.edu
  Office Number:   (662) 325-8756

  Jenifer Ishee Hoffman, Assistant Professor - (662) 325-2170
  jhoffman@library.msstate.edu


Summer 2018 Deadlines

  • Friday, June 29, 2018: Initial submission deadline
    Last day for initial submission of theses/dissertations to the Library for Summer graduation. Student must be enrolled and complete the entire initial submission process to qualify
  • Friday, July 20, 2018: Deadline for obtaining format approval.
    Last day for obtaining approval of formatting and to complete the requirements for Summer graduation.

For more deadlines and important dates, see the current Academic Calendar.


Spring 2018 Deadlines

  • Friday, March 23, 2018: Initial submission deadline
    Last day for First submission of theses/dissertations to the Library for Spring graduation. Student must be enrolled and complete the entire initial submission process to qualify.
  • Friday, April 20, 2018: Deadline for obtaining format approval
    Last day for obtaining approval of formatting, submit to the publisher, and complete the requirements for Spring graduation.

Thesis and Dissertation Formatting

Thesis and Dissertation manuscripts adhere to specific format requirements, as detailed in FAU’s Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines.

Spring 2018 Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Workshops 

Note: Workshops with the same name are not sequential - topics covered will not differ.

January 18
General Information Session 
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Library, Room 136 (LY-136)

January 24
General Information Session
2:00-3:00 p.m.
College of Education, Room 337 (ED-337)

February 2
General Formatting Lab
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Library, Room 136 (LY-136)

February 5
Signature Page 101
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Library, Room 136 (LY-136)

February 13
Signature Page 101
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Fleming Hall, Room 409 (FL-409)

February 21
General Formatting Lab
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Library, Room 136 (LY-136)

March 1
Formatting 101
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Library, Room 136 (LY-136)

March 14
Formatting 101
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Fleming Hall 409 (FL-409)

March 19
General Formatting Lab
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Library, Room 136 (LY-136)

March 23
Final Manuscript Package Checklist Overview
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Business Building, Room 405 (BU-405)

March 27
Final Manuscript Package Checklist Overview
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Library, Room 135 (LY-136)

March 29
General Formatting Lab
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Library, Room 136 (LY-136)



Please RSVP for any workshops you plan on attending so the Graduate College can plan accordingly. Those who do not register in advance are allowed to attend, but space may be limited.

Thesis and Dissertation Information Session

Understanding the Thesis and Dissertation Submission Timeline and Signature Page Formatting: If you are anticipating graduating this semester, join us for this session to learn about important deadlines to ensure you meet thesis or dissertation submission requirements and learn about formatting your signature page.

General Formatting Lab

Bring your laptop and/or a printed copy of your manuscript to receive personalized guidance and feedback from Degree Completion staff members during this informal formatting lab. 

Signature Page 101

Come learn about the importance of your signature page and proper formatting. 

Formatting 101

At this workshop we review some of the most common mistakes made on theses and dissertations, and how to avoid them. 

Final Manuscript Checklist Review

Learn about what is included in a final manuscript package and have the opportunity to ask questions. Also, important deadlines will be reviewed.

Downloadable Formatting Tutorials

Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Video Tutorials

To better view the videos, click to watch in full screen. Click here to download the thesis and dissertation formatting workshop handout.

The Degree Completion staff members within the Graduate College are available to assist students with formatting questions and University regulations pertaining to a thesis or dissertation. However, they do not provide editing services. The Degree Completion staff is available by appointment only. To schedule assistance with your manuscript, please email GraduateWriting@fau.edu.


Preparing Your Thesis or Dissertation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Dissertation Defense Announcements

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