Theses & Dissertations

The Office of Graduate Studies is committed to excellence in every facet of graduate education at Sam Houston State University, promoting integrity and equity in all graduate programs.  We support writing and research efforts through 3MT workshops, Writing Support Groups, Writing Reboot Days, and Boot Camps.  See our Events Calendar for upcoming support dates.   

Newton Gresham Library also offers many graduate services, including One to One research assistance, Distance Learning and Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Services, study space, technology checkout, and assistance with document formatting.  Visit the library’s Graduate Student Services page for more information.

THESIS AND DISSERTATION FORMATTING:

Listed below are links to specific pages of the Newton Gresham Library’s Thesis & Dissertation website.  Each page provides detailed instructions and examples on formatting sections of the final document.  It is recommended that students view the T&D website in its entirety as it contains valuable information about templates, document structure, copyright, and other useful resources.


TITLE PAGE    |    APPROVAL PAGE   |    DEDICATION   |    ABSTRACT   |    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS   |    PREFACE   |    TABLE OF CONTENTS   |    LIST OF TABLES   |    LIST OF FIGURES   |    BODY OF DOCUMENT   |    REFERENCES / BIBLIOGRAPHY   |    APPENDIX   |    VITA    |    Thesis / Dissertation Deadlines and Checklists   |    Electronic Route Sheet   |    Non SHSU Employee on Thesis / Dissertation Committee Request


TITLE PAGE 

The first page of the document that is formatted according to a uniform university standard.  Lists the document title, curriculum department, type of degree, student name, and date of completion.


APPROVAL PAGE

The second of page of the document that is formatted according to a uniform university standard.  Lists the document title, student name, committee members, and college dean.


DEDICATION

An optional page that students can use to dedicate the work to friends, family, or other entities who they feel have had a personal impact on their lives and accomplishments.  Content can be as brief or long as the student wishes.


ABSTRACT

Includes a citation for the document, a brief description of the overall work, and key words that describe the content.  The citation should be formatted according to SHSU standards.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

An optional page used to acknowledge persons or entities who contributed significantly to the research and writing of the document. 


PREFACE

An optional page where a student may discuss the research from a personal perspective, how it relates to their background and experiences, and information about the intended audience.  Basically, information that is not directly relevant to the research itself.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Contains a list of the document’s contents with page numbers.  Should include all major section headings, chapter titles, and major section headings of chapters.


LIST OF TABLES

Contains a numbered list of all tables contained in the document with page numbers.  See Inserting Tables section for instructions and tips about how to format these elements.


LIST OF FIGURES

Contains a numbered list of all figures contained in the document with page numbers.  See Inserting Figures section for instructions and tips about how to format these elements.


BODY OF DOCUMENT

Contains all chapters that outline and discuss the research.  Headings, tables, and figures are formatted according to the student’s chosen style guide (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.). 

Note:  Students creating journal style documents that contain two or more journal articles as chapters should also refer to the Journal Model section.

Note:  Students working on creative style documents should also refer to the Creative Model section.


REFERENCES OR BIBLIOGRAPHY

A complete list of all referenced sources throughout the entire document.  Citations should be formatted according to the student’s chosen style guide (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).


APPENDIX

A repository for materials related to the research, but that do not belong in the Body of the Document.  Copies of IRB approvals should appear in an appendix, and copies of all copyright permissions should appear in one or more appendixes. 


VITA

Provides a snapshot of a student’s professional and educational accomplishments at the time of document completion. 


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines and Checklists

Downloadable documents that outline requirements for successful document completion.  Please use dates provided on the SHSU Academic Calendar for the current semester.

Electronic Route Sheet

Students should submit an electronic route sheet immediately after successfully completing the public defense of their document.

Non SHSU Employee on Thesis/Dissertation Committee Request

Use this form to request that an individual not employed by SHSU be permitted to serve on a thesis or dissertation committee as per Academic Policy Statement 950601.