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Master's Theses

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.

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.

           LaTeX: /normalsize

Order of pages

Page numbering:
          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 .75-1 inch from the bottom edge 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 ONLY:

  • 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)

 Supplemental Files:

  • Websites converted to PDF format as part of the thesis content should be uploaded as a supplemental file.
  • Any file format can be used in supplementary files, but ProQuest will only preserve certain file formats.
  • 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: An MS Word template has been added to help you format the front pages from the title through abstract pages of your Thesis.
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.

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
     Master’s Thesis - Style Guide 
     Template: (Title Page-Abstract Page) (beta)

     Master's Thesis: Corcoran School of Arts and Design
Summary of Formatting Guidelines for CorcoranSchool of Arts and Design.
Please upload PDFs of websites as supplemental files in the ETD Administrator.

Elliott School of International Affairs
     Master’s Thesis - Style Guide 
     Template: (Title Page-Abstract Page) (beta)

Graduate School of Education and Human Development
     Master’s Thesis 
- Style Guide 
     Template: (Title Page-Abstract Page) (beta)

Graduate School of Political Management
     Master's Thesis - Style Guide
Milken Institute School of Public Health

     Master’s Thesis - Style Guide 
     Template: (Title Page-Abstract Page) (beta)

School of Business

     Master’s Thesis - Style Guide 
     Template: (Title Page-Abstract Page) (beta)

School of Engineering and Applied Science

     Master's Thesis - Style Guide 
    Template: (Title Page-Abstract Page) (beta)
See SEAS Student Resources
School of Law

     Master's Thesis - Style Guide 
     Template: (Title Page-Abstract Page) (beta)
  See School of Law Guide to Writing Master's Theses



Electronic Theses and Dissertations Administrator: Gelman Library.2130.H.Street.NW.Washington.DC.20052.etds@gwu.edu
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