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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.


We're here to help you prepare your manuscript using the University Format Guidelines and the style guide approved by your department.

Ready to submit your thesis, project report or dissertation? Be sure to complete all 3 steps: (1) Complete request form for electronic signature page and submit to committee members for electronic signing to be completed by the deadline date. Here is more information on the electronic signature page submission process; or, create a hard copy signature page, gather all signatures and deliver it to the Thesis Office by the deadline date; (2) Have your manuscript formatted to the best of your ability and complete in one PDF; and  (3) Upload your PDF using the web link that will be emailed to you at the time your electronic signature page is received by the Thesis Office. A payment of $95 is required at the time of uploading your PDF.

Need help with formatting? Refer to a Mini Manuscript PDF with examples of formatted pages. Watch PowerPoint slideshows about formatting rules. Use Microsoft Word-based templates to create pages. Set up a pre-submission consultation (during designated dates each semester). Come to a workshop. Call (562) 985-4013 or email any time with questions.

Concerned about copyright? Check out the copyright information page 

Looking for a thesis? Information about CSULB graduate level manuscripts is available through the University Library online catalog. Titles written after 2008 are only available through ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

Finishing up your research? Browse through Research Guides created by CSULB University Librarians. Borrow materials from other libraries with interlibrary services.

Upcoming Workshops

Formatting workshops led by Thesis and Dissertation Office staff are scheduled in the University Library and other campus locations.

Introductory PowerPoint about University Guidelines Manual Rules and Electronic Submission

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. This is the first in a SERIES OF THREE POWERPOINTS that cover format rules in more detail.

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.

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