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Thesis and Dissertation

Directions on Form, Preparation, and Submission of the Final Copies of Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

Parts of the Document

Each document is broken down into 14 parts.  The table below provides a list of these sections, including page number formatting.  Note that sections marked with an asterisk (*) are optional and may be deleted from the document.  All others are required according to official SHSU standards.

Before typing your document, there are steps you need to take to ensure your manuscript is formatted correctly.  The instructions Setting Up Your Document will walk you through these steps, and help make the creation process easier.

Order of Content

THESIS / DISSERTATION PARTS NUMERICAL STYLE & PAGE ASSIGNMENT TYPING INSTRUCTIONS
*ALL PARTS ARE REQUIRED, except those marked by an asterisk.
Title Page

Page numbers should not appear on these pages.

Do not list in Table of Contents.

Approval Page
Dedication * Lower case Roman Numerals (iii, iv, v, vi, ...)

Page numbering starts with lower case Roman Numeral iii. 

Page numbers appear centered at bottom of page.

Abstract
Acknowledgments*
Preface*
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
Body of Thesis Arabic Numerals (1, 2, 3, ...)

Page numbering starts with Arabic Numeral 1.

Page numbers appear in the top right-hand corner of page.

References or Bibliography
Appendix*
Vita


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