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Graduate College Thesis Requirements

Organizing your thesis

The links below will direct you to the Graduate College thesis requirements, as well as sample pages and templates to further guide you in formatting your thesis. When organizing your thesis, be sure to follow the required order, which is shown below.

Required Order Sample Pages Page Numbering
1. Copyright Page (optional) Sample No page number
2. Title Page

Sample (Master's)

Sample (Doctoral)

Template (Master's)

Template (Doctoral)

3. Abstract Sample Lower case Roman numerals beginning with "ii"
4. Acknowledgements and/or Dedication Page (optional) Sample

5. Table of Contents

Sample Basic (recommended)

Sample Extended

6. Main Text

Sample (Straight Numbering)

Sample (Decimal Numbering)

Arabic numerals beginning with "1"
7. Bibliography or References Sample
8. Appendix or Appendices (optional)

Sample (Straight Numbering)

Sample (Decimal Numbering)


Looking for a good example?

The following theses and dissertations passed the Graduate College review with very few, if any, corrections requested by the Thesis Office:

Note the absence of List of Tables and List of Figures sections from the examples above. These sections are generally not necessary, and the Thesis Office advises students who are interested in a quick review with few or no corrections requested to leave these sections out of the thesis or dissertation. Also note that the Table of Contents is most useful for the reader when entries are limited to chapter-level titles only or to chapter-level titles and first-level (main) section headings, as has been done in the examples above.

A note on departmental requirements

This list describes only Graduate College requirements for student theses. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign confers graduate degrees in over 100 units, and many of these departments have additional, discipline-specific format requirements. Students should consult with their program regarding departmental format requirements and departmental thesis review procedures.

Note: The Graduate College Thesis Office will not begin the thesis format review without notification of departmental approval.