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General Requirements

Pre-submission requirements


Before you submit your disquisition, make sure that you have submitted all of the required paperwork. For more information, see “Timeline and Deadlines” (

Disquisitions must be submitted as a single .pdf file. Disquisitions that are submitted in other file types (including .doc, .docx, and so on) will not be reviewed until they are submitted as a .pdf file.

We strongly recommend that you write your document in Microsoft Word. You may use a different software program, if you are able to convert your finished document into a .pdf file without assistance.

If you need help with using Microsoft Word, contact the Technology Learning & Media Center (TLMC). You can use the walk-in consulting service located in IACC 150, or you can find resources on their website ( On the TLMC website, go to the “Learning Links” menu on the right of the page, go to the “Project Resources” menu, and then click the “Thesis Formatting” link for additional help.

To submit your disquisition, go to “Submit Your Disquisition” (

Style manuals


We encourage you to review the style manual that is used in your field, such as MLA, APA, Chicago, etc. However, in instances where the Graduate School guidelines contradict the style manual for your discipline, the Graduate School guidelines take precedence. In instances where the Graduate School guidelines do not provide direction, such as how to format a table or figure, follow the style manual that is used in your discipline. If you need help or more information about how to use style manuals, contact the Center for Writers to make an appointment for a writing consultation. Additional resources are also available on their website (

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NDSU Graduate School
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7033
Campus address:  106 Putnam Hall
Physical/delivery address:  NDSU Graduate School/106 Putnam Hall/1349 12th Avenue Northwest/Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address:  NDSU Dept. 2820/PO Box 6050/Fargo, ND 58108
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