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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.

Upcoming Submission Period

Thesis or Project Report

 Fall 2016 

Signature page submission period:

September 9, 2016 - October 21, 2016

Ed.D. Dissertation

Fall 2016
Signature page submission deadline:
December 16 
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


PowerPoint about University Guidelines Manual Rules (2016 edition)

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 using format rules from the 2016 edition of 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, which includes samples of formatting for each page of the manuscript (download a copy of 2016 Mini Manuscript from last box in third column of this page).

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)

2016 FORMATTING RULES--Two-page summary

Mini Manuscript for 2016 formatting rules