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Master's Theses Guidelines & Templates


All text-based theses should be typed, neat, and with no strikeouts or handwritten corrections.

For hybrid or intertextual theses, the written component will serve as an access copy. The bound thesis should contain photographs, scans, screenshots, etc., as well as description and contextualization of the work if applicable.

All theses should follow the formatting guidelines below.

1) Type:

Default Size: 12 pt; footnotes (if applicable) should be 10pt font.

  • There are no restrictions on typography
    • For example, a hybrid text might contain multiple types, type colors, sizes, formatting, and justifications within the margin requirements outlined below

2) Pagination

 All pages are numbered, except for title page

  • Preliminary pages Roman numerals;
  • Text: Arabic numbers

3) Thesis Body

Preliminary pages:

  • *Title page: Please see template for formatting and verbiage that should be included.
  • Table of Contents (if applicable)
  • List of figures and/or tables (if applicable)
  • *Abstract: 125 - 175 words



  • Introduction or preface
  • Text may be divided into sections or chapter at author's discretion
  • Appendices (if any): Production stills, dramaturgical notes, programs, etc.
  • Works cited (if applicable)


  • All images contained in the body of the thesis must be formatted within the margins specified below
  • Images and graphics from outside sources must be properly attributed


Margins for all printed material:


Left: 1.5”: The left margin is especially important for binding purposes

Right: 1”

Top: 1”

Bottom: 1”

Footer: .5”

NOTE: Margins are the only strictly required spacing element. If you have downloaded the MFA Writing Program Thesis Template or the MA Aesthetics and Politics Thesis Template then you should already have the correct margins.


Print copies should be laser printed and single-sided

All materials can be bought in the student store

Paper copy: Paper should be at least 25 % cotton, 20 lb paper (white); standard xerographic bond is not acceptable.  Do not use Staples brand. Final thesis must be laser-printed.

Common brands: Southworth, Cranes, Mohawk

Please submit in an appropriately sized envelope or box

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