Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Guidelines

Thesis/Dissertation Brochure

The Thesis/Dissertation Process: From Proposal to Defense Brochure is provided to clarify the standards set by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School and describe the criteria used to approve a thesis or dissertation. Following the defense in the discipline under which the work is awarded, it must meet the standards described in this document.

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A recent thesis or dissertation may be used for guidance, especially in disciplines like mathematics, which have special formatting problems. However, be aware that they may contain mistakes. Candidates are responsible for consulting with the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School regarding University requirements on preparation of the thesis or dissertation and on deadlines for submission.


MS Word Thesis Template is provided to assist the student in writing their thesis. It does not replace the instructions posted in the website. It is the student responsibility to adhere to the instructions when writing their thesis.

Thesis Templates
Library Rights Statement
Master of Arts Approval Page
Master of Science Approval Page
Sample Thesis Title Page (MS Word)


Dissertation Templates
Doctor of Business Administration Approval Page
Doctor of Philosophy Approval Page
Library Rights Statement
Sample Dissertation Title Page (MS Word)
Sample URI/RIC Dissertation Title Page (MS Word)
URI/RIC Doctor of Philosophy in Education Approval Page

Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Orientation

The orientation includes a presentation from the Graduate School Enrollment Office, the Library Institutional Repository, the Graduate Writing Center, and the Graduate Document Formatter.

Graduate Enrollment Office

The Graduate School Enrollment Office’s presentation describes procedures and documents observed during the final stages of graduation. 

Library Institutional Repository

The Library Institutional Repository is an online repository for URI academic documents, including Theses and Dissertations. 

Graduate Writing Center

The Graduate Writing Center’s task is to improve the quality of writing in the graduate student community. 

Graduate Formatter

The Thesis/Dissertation Formatter’s presentation was broken into two parts. The first part describes the actual formatting of the document, and the second part described the online interactions required for formatting and final submission of your document. 

Formatting Your Document

Formatting Procedure