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University Formatting Requirements

University formatting guidelines govern the page margins, page numbering, line spacing, 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 specified in the graduate school handbook or by your dissertation advisor. Please note, the School of Law uses alternative formatting guidelines.

Basic formatting information for your thesis or dissertation can be found below.  Please click on the link for a complete guide to University Formatting Requirements

Model pages or Style Guides for the front pages can be found by clicking on the tab for your school or college.

Fonts:  Text: true type fonts 11-12 pt size
            Footnotes/Labels for Tables or Figures: no smaller than 8 pt.

            Word: Georgia 11 pt.
                        Times New Roman 12 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 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:
     i. Change the page orientation to landscape
    ii. Change the page size to 8.5 x 14 (legal size)  (see MS Word Help)

Line Spacing: Double spacing, except:

  • where specified in the front pages
  • footnotes and endnotes
  • long quotes
  • captions for figures, tables and images
  • within individual bibliographic entries

Use of Color: Use of color in the figures, tables and images is allowed.

Supplemental Files:

  • 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.

File Naming Conventions: For your information only

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