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Graduate School Format Guidelines

When you submit your disquisition to the Graduate School, the disquisition must meet certain requirements in formatting and construction. These requirements are intended to maintain a high academic quality among all disquisitions, and to make sure that your disquisition reflects well upon your work as a student. 

It is recommended that you download and review the .pdf of our format guidelines before you format your disquisition.  To download a .pdf version of the Format Guidelines, download this file.

Note: The Graduate School does not review disquisitions for content, so your disquisition must be complete before you begin the review process. If you make noticeable changes in the content of your disquisition after initial review, the review process will be delayed.

NDSU Disquisition Templates


NDSU’s Disquisition templates are designed to provide assistance in completing graduate dissertations, theses, and papers. However, using these templates to create a document does not guarantee that the document will meet NDSU’s format guidelines. The Graduate School does not require that you use templates, and there is no extra technical support for these templates beyond the standard Microsoft Word technical support provided by the TLMC. If difficulties occur while using templates, we recommend that you choose another method to format your dissertation, thesis, or paper.

How to Use NDSU's Disquisition Templates

TEMPLATE - Non-Numbered Headings

TEMPLATE - Auto-Numbered Headings


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Phone: +1 (701) 231-7033
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Physical/delivery address:  NDSU Graduate School/106 Putnam Hall/1349 12th Avenue Northwest/Fargo, ND 58102
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Last Updated: Monday, August 31, 2015 1:52:40 PM