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Formatting Your CSULB Master's Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation: Home

This guide is designed to help you format your manuscript using the official University Guidelines Manual and the style guide approved by your department as part of the requirements for a graduate level degree at California State University, Long Beach.

Electronic Submission

ATTENTION: Electronic submission of manuscripts is REQUIRED beginning with Fall 2014.

Not all web pages have been completely updated and may have contradictory information. Please contact the Thesis and Dissertation Office if you have any questions or concerns about the submission process.

Upcoming Submission Period

Thesis or Project Report

 Spring 2015 

Signature page submission period:

February 6 -- March 20

Ed.D. Dissertation

Spring 2015
Signature page submission deadline:
May 15
has more information

Upcoming Workshops

Formatting workshops led by formatters from the Thesis and Dissertation Office are posted on the Library Research & Writing Workshops calendar

Workshops covering electronic submission and basic formatting rules are being planned for late August through mid-September. They will be posted on the calendar as soon as times and locations are finalized. To reserve a seat, click on the date to bring up a reservation form.

PowerPoint about University Guidelines Manual Rules

The formatting information in this PowerPoint slideshow is geared specifically to the needs of CSULB students who are writing a thesis or project report for a master's degree or a doctoral dissertation. The suggestions in this slideshow are based on the University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations, the ultimate resource for formatting graduate level manuscripts at California State University, Long Beach. Another helpful resource on the Thesis and Dissertation Office Format Guide web page is the Mini Manuscript (link to PDF near the bottom of the web page), which includes samples of formatting for each page of the manuscript. BE AWARE THAT NEITHER THE UNIVERSITY STYLE AND FORMAT GUIDELINES NOR THE MINI MANUSCRIPT HAS BEEN REVISED WITH NEW PROCEDURES REQUIRED FOR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION. The most accurate description of the new procedures is available on the Thesis and Dissertation Office Submission Process web page and in the PowerPoint below.

Contact The Thesis and Dissertation Office

(562) 985-4013
University Library
5th Floor, Room 501
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday
(closed on all Library holidays)