Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Guide – Samples

Preliminary Pages Required Guide Template
Title Page Required Guide Sample Template
Abstract Required Guide Sample Template
Acknowledgements Optional Guide Sample Template
Table of Contents Required Guide Sample Template
List of Tables Required (if applicable) Guide Sample Template
List of Figures or Illustrations Required (if applicable) Guide Sample Template
List of Abbreviations Required (if applicable) Guide Sample Template
Body Required Guide
Reference Pages Required Guide
References Required Guide
Appendices Optional Guide


All templates are prepared using 12 point Times New Roman font. The margins are set at 1″ on all sides, except for the Title Page. The Title page has a 2” top margin and 1” on the left, right, and bottom margins.

The Preliminary Pages template includes all required and optional pages.  Simply fill in the blanks and delete the optional pages that you do not need.  Pages will automatically be renumbered.


For theses or dissertations containing many equations (typically mathematics or engineering students), LaTex may be used for styling.

Download and unzip the au_style_files.zip to a directory, copy the ausample.tex file to thesis.tex, modify the \title, \author, \date, \copyright year, \advisor, and \professor tags for the preamble, and start writing your thesis or dissertation. Alternatively, you can look at the required items in ausample.tex and modify your pre-existing thesis or dissertation tex file.

For more information on getting started with LaTex, you may visit the official LaTex Project Site or Professor Stanley Reeves’ website.

Last modified: October 1, 2019