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Elliott School of International Affairs

This style guide for the front pages of a dissertation and master’s thesis has been adapted for the Elliott School of International Affairs within the context of University formatting standards. The guide is provided for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be used as a template. The MS Word template below is offered in a beta format.

Write the body of the manuscript (chapters, bibliography and appendices) in a style appropriate for your field of study or your school-specific guidelines, with the exception of page margins, page numbering and page order. Styles for formatting bibliographies, footnotes, and/or endnotes should be consistent with the chosen style used to format the body of your document.

For more information on citation styles and citation tools, visit our Writing Styles webpage.

University Formatting Guidelines

Refer to the University Formatting Guidelines website for standard formatting expectations across GW academic programs.

Master's Thesis



Instructions: Open the template and save it under a new name. The text highlighted in yellow on the new document may be edited with your specific information. Please delete the optional pages you do not wish to use. (The shading or highlight will not display when printed or converted to PDF.)

To remove the square parenthesis from the template:

Under the Review tab, click on Restrict Editing. 

A dialogue window will open on the right side of the screen. 

Uncheck "Highlight the regions I can edit." 

The square parenthesis will be removed.