General University formatting guidelines govern the page margins, page numbering, the page order and the formatting for the front matter. For the body of the manuscript, please follow the style guide that is most appropriate for your field of study or as specified in the graduate school handbook or by your dissertation advisor. Please note, the School of Law uses alternative formatting guidelines.
Model title page
Model Certification page (required page)
Fonts: Word (true type fonts 10-12 pt size)
Courier New 10 pt.
Georgia 11 pt.
Times New Roman 12 pt
Trebuchet MS 10 pt. or
Verdana 10 pt.
Order of pages
- Front pages: small, roman numerals, centered .75-1 inch from the bottom edge of the page.
The title page is counted as page i, but the page number is not displayed.
- Body of Manuscript: Arabic numerals, centered at the bottom of the page.
The first page of the Introduction is numbered as page 1 and is displayed
- Portrait: 1.25 inches for left & right margins; 1.00 inch for top & bottom margins
- Landscape: 1.00 inch left & right margins; 1.25 inches for top & bottom margins
Figures, Tables, and Images:
- Page Margins for figures, tables and images may be modified to 1 inch for right, left, top and bottom page margins
- For large figures, tables, and images, consider the following options:
- Change the page orientation to landscape
- Change the page size to 8.5 x 14 (legal size) (see MS Word Help)
- Any file format can be used in supplementary files
- University formatting rules to not apply to supplemental files
- Material in supplementary files are provided on CD-Rom in a pocket insert of the print copy as they are uploaded in the ETD Administrator site.
The Manuscript Style Guides below have been adapted for each individual School or College within the context of University formatting standards.Your chapter titles and the body of the manuscript should be written in a style appropriate for your field of study or you school specific guidelines. Links to school graduate handbooks with this information are available below as available. Styles for formatting bibliographies, footnotes, and/or endnotes should be consistent with the style used to format the body of your document. Information on formatting your bibliography, etc can be found on the GW Libraries' Research Guide "Writing Style & Citation Guides" or you may wish to consult one of the GW Libraries reference librarians. RefWorks, an online tool for organizing your research and creating bibliographies, is free of charge to all GW affiliates.
Template Instructions: An MS Word template has been added to help you format the front pages from the title through abstract pages of your Dissertation.
Instructions: Save the template under a new name. The text highlighted in yellow on the new document may be edited with your specifc information.
Please delete the optional pages you do not wish to use.
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Style Guide: Dissertation
Template: Dissertation title page (beta)
Template: Certification page (beta)
Template: Dissertation: TitlePagetoAbstractPage (beta)
Praxis: TitlePagetoAbstractPage (beta)
See Student Resources