Thesis and Dissertation Format and Submission Guidelines

Theses and Dissertations must be properly formatted according to both the style guidelines used in your discipline and the format required by UNLV. To make this process easier, please review this page for information on how to prepare, format, and submit your thesis, dissertation or doctoral project.

Step-by-step manuals for how to format each of the major sections of the Thesis/Dissertation (e.g., cover page, copyright page, abstract, acknowledgements, table of contents, list of tables, list of figures, main body of your text, appendix/appendices, bibliography/references, and curriculum vitae) are found within Section 5: Organization of the Thesis and Dissertation below. Each of the sections below will guide you through the entire Thesis/Dissertation process: from getting started to submission.

1. Tools to Help with Research

  • UNLV Research Librarians
    UNLV Libraries have many resources to help with the research process prior to writing your thesis or dissertation. The most important resource the library offers is your college’s research librarian. You can find contact information and helpful research tips
  • UNLV Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)
    A good starting place for research is seeing what has been done by students in your department. Open access to e-theses and e-dissertations (ETDs) benefit graduate students, as research can be shared with prospective or current employers, a valuable career tool. Open access makes research accessible to a global audience and has potential for increased use and higher impact of your work. Students can incorporate interactive features such as multimedia, hyperlinks, and supplemental files by using various forms of creative scholarship.

2. Before You Start Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation

If you have concerns about how to start writing the thesis or dissertation so that it complies with the Graduate College policies or if you have concerns about what forms need to be submitted prior to and after your master’s and/ or doctoral defense, this section should help alleviate these concerns. The “Things to Think About Before Writing the Thesis or Dissertation” provides helpful suggestions about how to start the formatting before you start writing. Presetting your formatting will ease formatting-induced frustrations in the long-term. The “Paperwork to Complete Your Master’s Defense and Degree Program” and “Paperwork to Complete Your Master’s Defense and Degree Program” help with concerns about making sure all paperwork has been turned in when it should be. Finally, check the graduation and submission deadlines for the semester you wish to graduate. Make sure you submit your graduation application, defend, submit, and upload your thesis or dissertation on or before the listed deadline.

3. General Guidelines for Theses and Dissertations

This section just provides some general guidelines for the theses and dissertations. Reading it will help to answer questions about whether the theses or dissertation is collaborative (it is not), how to choose a style guide, who is responsible for judging the acceptability of the thesis or dissertation, and so forth.

4. Use of Previously Published Material

This section discusses the nature of using previously published material. Please read if you are planning on incorporating such material into your theses or dissertation.

5. Organization of the Thesis and Dissertation

6. Thesis & Dissertation Checklist

All theses, dissertations, and doctoral projects are checked by reviewers using this checklist. We recommend that students compare their document to this checklist prior to Graduate College format review.

7. Copyright Information, Embargoing the Thesis/ Dissertation Information, and the Copyright Page

This pdf provides information on copyright and embargoing the Thesis/ Dissertation. It also provides the format requirements for the Copyright Page.

8. Creating a PDF

This document discusses how to create a pdf. This is the format required for when you submit your document (thesis or dissertation) to the Graduate College for review.

9. iThenticate

All theses and dissertations must be submitted to iThenticate for a similarity check prior to submission of the final document to the Graduate College. A copy of the similarity report must be submitted to the student’s advisory committee at the time of the final defense, and it will be taken into account when determining the outcome of the defense. If the student passes their defense, the report shall be attached to the Culminating Experience Results form before submission to the Graduate College.

10. Thesis and Dissertation Submission Process

Please submit your final thesis, dissertation or doctoral project through our submission website. Note: You can only submit your document using your Rebelmail account. If you are simultaneously logged into other Gmail accounts, you will need to sign out of them and log in to your Rebelmail account only.

Theses, dissertations and doctoral projects must be submitted to the Graduate College for format check through the online submission form. If you have any difficulty with your online submission process please email so we can assist you as soon as possible.