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Thesis and Dissertation

Directions on Form, Preparation, and Submission of the Final Copies of Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

Dedication Page

The Dedication page is optional and can be deleted if you decide not to use it. 

Template users:  It is best to wait until you have completely finalized your document before deleting this page, unless you are absolutely positive that you will not use it.

How it Should Look

Non-Template Instructions


  1. Lower case Roman Numeral (iii), centered, bottom of page.

  2. Margins:  Left margin 1.5 inch.  Top, Right, Bottom 1 inch. 

  3. Font:  12 pt.  Double-spaced throughout.  Use same font style throughout document.



  1. Before inserting page numbers, you need to unlink this section of the document from the previous section.To do this:

  2. Double-click on either the very top or bottom of your new blank page where the header or footer would be.

  3. Dotted lines should appear at the top and bottom of the page.There should also be grey boxes that say Header-Section# and Footer-Section# on the left hand side, with more grey boxes on the right hand side saying Same as Previous.

  4. The term Same as Previous means that this section of the document is linked to the previous section. 

  5. To break this link, click anywhere in the header, click on the Design tab, then click on Link to Previous.  Do the same for the footer.  The boxes with Same as Previous should disappear.

  6. Double-click anywhere in the middle of the page to finish.

  7. To insert page numbers, click on the Insert tab.

  8. Click on Page Number in the Header & Footer section.

  9. Select Format Page Numbers.

  10. Under Number format, select the lowercase Roman Numerals (i, ii, iii, …).

  11. Under Page numbering, select Start at and set it to iii. 

    • There is a reason you are setting the page number to iii.The Title Page is page i, and the Approval page is page ii, but they do not have page numbers on them.The page numbers do not appear until page iii of your document.

  12. Click OK.

  13. Click on Page Number again.

  14. Select Bottom of Page.

  15. Select Plain Number 2, which shows the number centered on the bottom of the page.

  16. If the header and footer sections appear, just click anywhere in the center of the page to finish.

  17. Now you will have Roman Numeral page numbers on all pages following this one, until you need to change it.



Type DEDICATION in ALL CAPS, bold, centered on first line beneath top margin.  (Use CHPT_Title)



  1. Use RegText to type the body of your text, indenting each paragraph appropriately.

  2. When finished, click on the Insert tab, and click on Page Break to start a new section.


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