Formatting Your Graduate Thesis

As stated on the Graduate College's website, "Your thesis is the culmination of your graduate program. From picking a subject and developing a study to analyzing the data and writing the results, the thesis process includes more than just writing a paper. Consult with your committee chair to develop a timeline that best suits your project’s needs."

Helpful Links

Thesis Resources - The definitive guide for thesis production at Missouri State University.

Research Requirements - Specific information for MSU graduate students.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) - When students, staff, and/or faculty conduct research at Missouri State University that involves human participants, an application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is required by University policy.

Citation and Style Guides - Provided by Meyer Library and the Writing Center to assist you in citing your sources.

RStats - The RStats (Research, Statistical Training, and Technical Support) Institute offers free assistance writers seeking help with research design, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation of statistical materials.

Helpful Handouts

Process of Reviewing a Thesis - Six things you should look for while reviewing your format.

Student Checklist - Formatting Your Thesis - You may also access the checklist online by visiting the thesis resources page and clicking the Thesis Guide, then scrolling to the final two pages for the checklist.

The Writing Center & Your Thesis

As you write, remember that the Writing Center can help! Think of us as a second set of eyes, a helping hand, and an impartial reader. To assist the Graduate College, we've also agreed to help you proofread your thesis for formatting errors by following the Thesis Guide. Note that we will only serve as a proofreader in this capacity for your thesis and that your thesis should already be formatted or placed in the formatting template before you meet with a consultant.

Through your written thesis, you will integrate your study and its findings with the larger body of research conducted on similar topics. The thesis you submit must be on the Thesis Template in order to be accepted. When preparing your thesis, you must use the formatting requirements outlined in both the documents below:

To make a standard one-hour appointment with a writing consultant, call 417-836-6398, stop by our location on the first floor of Meyer Library, or use our TutorTrac management system.

Graduate students are allowed two-hour appointments! In order to make a two-hour appointment, you must call or stop by in person.

For more information, please email the director, Michael Frizell.