Formatting Resources

Why Formatting?

All dissertations and theses are archived digitally in BearDocs and may be made available internationally via ProQuest Dissertation Services (UMI). Baylor dissertations are requested roughly 21 times a month through this service. (You have the option to restrict access to your work, if desired.) The quality of these works reflects the standards of Baylor University, the Graduate School, your department or institute, and the professors who work with you on this project. The responsibility for both the content and format of your dissertation/thesis rests solely with you and your advisory committee. The Graduate School is here to assist you in doing the job effectively and efficiently.

Baylor Formatting Guidelines

  • Formatting and Submission Guidelines: These are our full, detailed guidelines of all formatting requirements. Read before attempting to format.
  • Dissertation/Thesis Template (Word Doc): This template also serves as a model and includes explanations within the body text of each section. We highly recommend that you use this template for your final manuscript.
  • Signature Page Model with Comments: This pdf shows a correctly formatted signature page and notes the most common errors and how to avoid them. Use this to guide you as you complete the appropriate fillable pdf, found on our Dissertation and Thesis Forms page.

Workshops and Tutorials

In-Person Formatting Workshops

Formatting workshops are held once at the beginning of each semester. *These do not take the place of your preliminary review, but they are helpful in troubleshooting common formatting difficulties. The workshop for Spring 2023 will take place on January 31st in Morrison Hall Room 100 from 5-6pm.

Online Video Tutorials





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