Sample Thesis Format

thesis-formatTITLE PAGE

  • This page is assigned a Roman numeral “i” although does not appear on the page
  • The date used is the month and year of commencement
  • The proponents name must appear as registered at the institution


  • The names used on the approval sheet and title page must be that under which the proponents are registered at the institution
  • Black ink is required for the signatures of approving signatories
  • The number of signature lines must equal to the number of panelists
  • The approval page required counted as page “ii” but not numbered


  • Numbered with Roman numeral “iii”


  • Number page; Roman numeral and placed at center of heading
  • Should be a concise review of the work containing a brief summary of the problem and results of the research.
    •    A short statement concerning the area of research study
    •    A brief discussion of methods and procedures used in gathering data
    •    A condensed summary of the findings and conclusions reached in the study


  •  Proponents
  • Title
  •  Key concepts
  • Degree
  • Adviser/s
  • Statement of the Purpose or Problem
  • Methodology [ Research Design and Procedure]
  • Summary of Findings
  • Recommendations


  • Acknowledgement
  • Abstract
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Tables, Charts, Figures, Plates
  • Chapters  [with Chapter I starts as page 1
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices – include Gantt Chart of Timetable
  • Curriculum Vitae


  1. Recommended font – Times Roman, size 12
  2. Line Spacing – standard double space
  3. Margins – the left hand margin must be 1½ inches wide to allow for binding; all other margins must be 1 inch wide. Adherence to this margin will leave a 6×9 inch area on each sheet of the text or illustrative material including page numbers. The right margins should not be justified. The only exceptions to the margin requirements are:
    a)    The first page of each chapter or major section of the manuscript, where typing begins 2” down from the top rather than 1” and tables and figures maybe smaller and centered but not larger than the 6×9 area.
    b)    Tables and figures must be reduced to meet margin requirements
    c)    It is not permissible to leave a single line of a paragraph or other subdivision at either the bottom or top of a page.
    d)    The last word on a page cannot be hyphenated.
  4. Pagination
    a)    Every page of the thesis must have a page number except the title page, approval page, abstract pages and CV.
    b)    Small roman numerals (ii, iii,etc) are used for the preliminary pages: acknowledgement, table of contents and list of tables
    c)    Arabic numbers are used for the remainder of the document including the text and reference material. No other numbering scheme is acceptable.
    d)    All page numbers must be placed 1” from the top, even with the right margin
    e)    On pages with a major heading such as APPENDIX or BIBLIOGRAPHY and those beginning a CHAPTER, the page is placed in the center bottom position – 1” up from bottom
    f)    Numbers of preliminary pages are placed at the center bottom in small roman numerals.

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Thesis Format

There are different thesis layouts.  The thesis format usually depends on the requirement of the school but in general there are elements that should be included in your thesis.  Some schools provide a general format for the thesis or dissertation.

Below is a sample thesis format

  • Cover Letter.
  •  Title Page. It contains the title of your research or thesis as well as your name, date of submission, etc.
  • Thesis Committee. It is contain the names, title and associations of the committee members including space for the signatures and date.
  • Thesis Examining Committee. It includes the names, titles and association of the Thesis Examining Committee members with space for signature and date.
  • Dedication and Acknowledgment.  It is optional. It can be included if there are someone you wish to dedicate and acknowledge to your work.  You can give thanks to your family and colleagues who support in your research.
  • Abstract.  It summarizes the contents of the thesis.
  • Table of Contents.  It lists all the parts of the thesis.
  • List of Tables. It lists all the tables’ titles in numerical order and their page numbers.
  • List of Figures. It contains all the figures used in your research or thesis in numerical orders with their page numbers.
  • List of Symbols and Abbreviations. It contains such as the alphabetical list of conventional signs and shortened forms of words or phrases.
  • Glossary.  It is optional. It includes foreign words or technical terms used in your thesis followed by their translation or definition alphabetically.


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