When a Dissertation is Done

January 22, 2019

If you are reading this article, most likely you have already written a thesis and you can be congratulated. It remains quite a bit – to formalize it. After all, your teacher will accept it from the correct design or not.

Or perhaps you are reading this article in the process of writing a thesis. Then for sure it will be useful for you to know the difference in dissertation vs thesis, as well as see examples or get advice from a professional writer.

Let’s return to the correct design of theses and dissertations.

Important Elements of The Thesis/Dissertation

  • Each thesis/dissertation should contain the following elements arranged as listed:
  • Fly-page
  • Signature Page
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Title Page
  • A Preface or Acknowledgements
  • Abstract: counted, number typed
  • Table of Contents: counted, number typed
  • List(s) of Tables, Figures (if any), and all others: counted, number(s) typed
  • Text – The text should be divided into as many books, chapters, or sections as are necessary.
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography
  • Vita

* Not all theses/dissertations contain these items, but if they are included, they must be placed in this order.

Correct design of dissertations / theses


Quality bond paper of 100% cotton content, 16 to 20 pound weight, or acid-free archival paper (available at the UT Dallas Founders Copy Center and the Bookstore) must be used in all copies of the thesis/dissertation for the Graduate Dean’s Office.

It is advisable to check the watermark that will appear on all quality paper to determine the fiber content of the paper. The standard sheet size is 8 1/2 by 11 inches.

* Please notify the bindery clerk in the Library if there is any heat- sensitive material in your thesis/dissertation.


The thesis/dissertation report is to be printed in black characters on one side of the paper. The entire text must be produced with the same laser printer font or typeface (with the exception of tables and figures produced by different technology or by a graphic artist).

Conventional type styles are acceptable, using either 10 or 12 characters per inch (CPI) – 12 or 14 font size in Word. The size font must be one size consistently throughout the thesis or dissertation.

The only font size exceptions will be for figures and tables and only with the prior approval of the Graduate Dean’s office. (To determine the CPI, put a ruler under a line of text and count the average number of characters in an inch. The number may vary with the use of right justification or a printer that gives proportional spacing.)

Matrix printing or non-standard print styles must receive prior approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies. The finished thesis/dissertation reflects the ability and character of its author. The final copy must be a professional quality manuscript, correct in spelling and punctuation and neat in form.


The thesis/dissertation paced within each entry, but must be double-spaced between entries. The table of contents, list of tables, list of figures, and lengthy tables may also be single-spaced.

“Widows” (a short line ending a paragraph at the top of a page) and “orphans” (a heading or subheading at the bottom of a page that is not followed by text) should be avoided. A thesis/dissertation will not be accepted if it contains orphans.

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