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Thesis and Dissertation

A reference guide containing information related to the creation of theses and dissertations.

Things you need to know:

Official SHSU Directions 

  1. These guidelines specify directions for graduate students who are submitting a thesis or a dissertation in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

  2. The guidelines herein take precedence over those in the style manuals required by departments as well as earlier versions of the "Directions."

  3. Students should consult their thesis/dissertation directors as to the required style manual.

  4. Students should avoid using another thesis/dissertation as a model.

  5. Because of the updating of style manuals and SHSU thesis/dissertation guidelines, what was accepted in the past may now be unacceptable.

  6. The thesis/dissertation will be evaluated according to the current declared style manual and the current SHSU thesis guidelines.

Human and Animal Research Subjects (Institutional Review Board - IRB)

Research involving human or animal participants must be approved by the SHSU Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects prior to the commencement of the project. 

Instructions and applications are available from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, CHSS Office 470 or from the OSRP web site at

Downloadable content:

Template - with macros

WARNING: Do not click and open New Fall 2015 Thesis/Dissertation Template; instead, right click on the link above, select Save Link As, and save the document somewhere you can find it. Then, open the document from the saved location and begin working.

Note: The template is only compatible with PCs, not Macs. Further, you must use a version of Microsoft Word that is 2010 or up for the template to function.

Style Manuals

The following style manuals have been accepted by the Sam Houston State University Graduate Council.  The most recent edition of these manuals should always be followed.  CONSULT YOUR THESIS/DISSERTATION DIRECTOR TO DETERMINE WHICH MANUAL IS REQUIRED BY YOUR DEPARTMENT.

  • ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors (American Chemical Society)
  • AIP Style Manual (American Institute of Physics)
  • Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual
  • Chicago Manual of Style OR A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, Dissertations (Kate L.Turabian)
  • Form and Style: Theses, Reports, Term Papers (William G. Campbell)
  • A Manual for Authors of Mathematical Papers (American Mathematical Association)
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Modern Languages of America)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Scientific Style and Format: THE CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers (Council of Science Editors)
  • Style Manual for Political Science (American Political Science Association - APSA)
  • Style Manual: An official guide to the form and style of Federal Government printing (United States Government Printing Office)
  • Suggestions to Authors of the Reports of the United States Geological Survey
  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Harvard Law Review)


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