Document Preparation


The Graduate Council sets the general requirements for graduate degree documents at Ohio State. Graduate students should confer with their advisors and committee members to learn about program and discipline-specific requirements for their dissertations or theses. The Graduate School guidelines, however, have precedent over any program guidelines.

Guidelines for Formatting Theses, Dissertations, and D.M.A. Documents (pdf)

Tips about required features

Formatting tips (using Microsoft Word for dissertations and theses)


The following templates are available for use in formatting dissertations, theses, and DMA documents. They were created using the PC version of Word 2007. 

  1. Students should select the template that contains the college in which their graduate program is housed. Each template is for use by graduate programs in two or more colleges. For example, students in the Department of Chemistry select "Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences." Students in the School of Teaching and Learning select "Business, Social Work, Law, Social and Behavioral Science, Education and Human Ecology." 
  2. Open the file and save it.
  3. Read all directions before beginning.

Business, Social Work, Law, Social and Behavioral Science, Education and Human Ecology

Arts and Sciences, African American and African Studies through Linguistics

Arts and Sciences, Mathematics through Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy

Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Architecture, Graduate Interdisciplinary Specializations, John Glenn College of Public Administration, Veterinary Medicine,



Questions may be directed to Graduation Services or (614) 292-7706.

Need help?

Contact staff members in the Graduate School using the staff directory, or call (614) 292-6031.

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