Formatting Guides and Templates

The formatting guides and templates are geared towards students completing their dissertation for a Ph.D. and a thesis for the master's degree.

Please call or email the Graduate School Coordinator/Format Advisor at 508-793-7676 ( before printing out the completed version of your manuscript. Manuscripts with incorrect formatting will not be accepted by the Graduate School office and could delay conferral of the degree.

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All graduate students who plan to complete requirements by the deadline dates below must alo complete the Applicaton for Degree Online Form during the open periods listed below. Students who fail to complete the form will have to wait until the next Application for Degree date Before submitting your dissertation or thesis to the Graduate School, the oral defense must already have taken place and all corrections must already have been made prior to submission of the manuscript.

Semester Term Dates Application for Degree Online Form Open Deadline to Submit to the Graduate School* Official Graduate Date

Diploma Pick-up Period


Summer 2013 May 20-2013-
August 15, 2013
May 20, 2013 -
June 21, 2013
August 15, 2013 August 31, 2013 September 3, 2013 - September 13, 2013
Fall 2013

August 26, 2013 - December 17, 2013

September 15, 2013 - October 15, 2013 December 1, 2013 December 31, 2013 January 2, 2014 -
January 10, 2014
Spring 2014 January 13, 2014 -
May 6, 2014
February 1, 2014 - April 1, 2014 May 18, 2014

May 19, 2014 -
May 30, 2014

All students who submit their manuscripts to the Graduate School and have completed all requirements for the degree by April 1, 2014 will be eligible to attend Commencement on May 18, 2014.

*Individual departments may have earlier deadlines for completion. Please consult with your department assistant.