Specifications for Thesis Preparation

Required Formatting of Thesis Title Page, Copyright Page, and Approval Page

See the Graduate School website for properly formatted thesis examples.

  1. Abstract: An abstract is not required but may be included as the last page of your preliminary pages.
  2. Minimum Margins: The minimum acceptable margins for all pages of the thesis are 1 inch on all sides.
  3. Paper Requirement for the Approval Page: The approval page submitted to the Office of the Registrar must be printed on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper with original signatures.
  4. Font Size: Recommended fonts include Arial, Times New Roman, and Helvetica with a font size of either 11 or 12.
  5. Printing: Either laser printing or photocopying is acceptable. Inkjet printing is not acceptable as it is water soluble. One sided or double sided printing of the paper is acceptable. Printing should be consistently clear and dark.
  6. Spacing: The text of the thesis should be double-spaced. Long quotations, footnotes, appendices, and references may be single-spaced.
  7. Photographs and Graphics: Photographs and graphics in the thesis should be printed or photocopied directly on the paper as high quality images. Scanned images must print clearly. If color is used, only color laser or color photocopy printing is acceptable.
  8. Use of materials copyrighted by others: Any material included that goes beyond “fair use” requires written permission of the copyright owner and you should retain a copy for your record. It may be useful to include the permission(s) in the thesis as an appendix.
  9. Pagination: Preliminary pages [i.e., copyright page (if any), the approval page, acknowledgments, table of contents, the abstract (if any)] are to be numbered consecutively using lower case Roman numerals. All pages of the text, appendices (if any), and references must be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals.
  10. Landscape pages: The top of a landscape page should be at the left margin and the bottom at the right margin. The page number is to be in the same relative position as on the portrait pages.
  11. Sequence of the main components of the thesis: The appropriate order of the major sections of the thesis are as follows: the title page, the copyright page (if any), the approval page, acknowledgments, table of contents, the abstract (if any), the text, appendices (if any), and the references. The order of the appendices and the references may be reversed if the appendices are lengthy.
  12. Footnotes, Endnotes, and References: The format that is accepted in your field of study or that is required by your advisory committee should be followed.
  13. Photocopied journal articles in the thesis: When appropriate, photocopied articles already published in journals may be included in a thesis. Photocopying must conform to the margins noted above. An original letter from each journal granting permission for the inclusion of the photocopied article in the thesis must be retained by the author. In requesting a letter of permission, it is important to tell the journal that the thesis will become part of the permanent collection of the UConn Libraries. The journal usually will require that the journal be the first publisher of the article.