Dissertation Formatting Checklist

Margins
  1. Left margins: 1 ½”
  2. Top margin (1st page of new chapter): 2”
  3. Top margin (Half-title page): 4”
  4. All other margins: 1"
Pagination
  1. Lowercase Roman numerals for all preliminary pages except Title and Half-Title, which should be included in numbering, but without numbers appearing on them.
  2. First page of Chapter 1 is pg. 2. (Half-title page is pg. 1.)
  3. All numbers aligned at the bottom centers of pages, ¾” from the bottom
Organization


Preliminary Pages:

  1. Title Page
  2. Approval Sheet
  3. Dissertation Defense Verification Form (signed by chair and committee members)
  4. Dedication (optional)
  5. Table of Contents
    1. includes all text headings
    2. includes all text subheadings
  6. Preface/Acknowledgements
  7. List of Tables
  8. List of Illustrations/Figures
  9. Abstract
  10. Half-Title

Reference Pages:

  1. Appendices
  2. Footnotes (optional)
  3. References
  4. Vita (1 page)
    1. full name
    2. date & place of birth
    3. educational background
    4. degrees held/dates conferred
    5. pertinent training/experience

References

  1. In-text citations match References.
  2. References match in-text citations.
Style

All elements adhere to APA 6th edition style guidelines, except as modified in this Doctoral Handbook.