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University Formatting Guidelines

General University formatting guidelines govern the page margins, page numbering, the page order and the formatting for the front matter. For the body of the manuscript, please follow the style guide that is most appropriate for your field of study or as specified in the graduate school handbook or by your dissertation advisor. Please note, the School of Law uses alternative formatting guidelines.

Below describes some of the basic formatting information for your thesis or dissertation.  Click here for the complete guide to University Formatting Guidelines.

Model title page

Model Certification page (required page)

Fonts: Word (true type fonts 10-12 pt size)

                      Courier New 10 pt.
​                      Georgia 11 pt.
                      Times New Roman 12 pt
                      Trebuchet MS 10 pt. or
                      Verdana 10 pt.

            LATeX: /normalsize

Order of pages

Page numbering:

  • Front pages: small, roman numerals, centered .75-1 inch from the bottom edge of the page.
    The title page is counted as page i, but the page number is not displayed.
  • Body of Manuscript: Arabic numerals, centered at the bottom of the page.
    The first page of the Introduction is numbered as page 1 and is displayed


  • Portrait:  1.25 inches for left & right margins; 1.00 inch for top & bottom margins
  • Landscape: 1.00 inch left & right margins; 1.25 inches for top & bottom margins

Figures, Tables, and Images:

  • Page Margins for figures, tables and images may be modified to 1 inch for right, left, top and bottom page margins
  • ​For large figures, tables, and images, consider the following options:
  •  i. Change the page orientation to landscape
    ii. Change the page size to 8.5 x 14 (legal size)  (see MS Word Help)

Use of Color:

  Use of color in the figures, tables and imaages is allowed.

Supplemental Files:

  • Any file format can be used in supplementary files
  • University formatting rules to not apply to supplemental files
  • Material in supplementary files are provided on CD-Rom in a pocket insert of the print copy as they are uploaded in the ETD Administrator site.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations Administrator: Gelman Library.2130.H.Street.NW.Washington.DC.20052.etds@gwu.edu
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