The Graduate School

Thesis and Dissertation Guide

Organization and Requirements

Theses are organized into three sections that appear in sequence as follows:

  1. Front matter (including title and approval pages, the table of contents, list of tables, etc.)
  2. Body (introduction, chapters, figures and tables)
  3. Back matter (including notes, references or bibliography, appendices, and biographical sketch).

The graduate student and the advisory committee work together to determine what parts are to be included in the thesis. While some requirements apply to the entire text, others differ for these three sections and are described below. In the appendix are examples of each of the previous sections.

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