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Thesis and Dissertation

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

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, Thomason building- Suite 303 or from the OSRP web site at


Macro-enabled templates

Templates with Macros do not work well with Mac computers.  These .docm Microsoft Word documents work best with PC computers.   

Templates without Macros

These are regular .docx Microsoft Word documents that can be used by both PC and Mac users. 

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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