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If you are not sure what to expect when you hold your defense or graduate, the Graduate College website is a great place to start. Easily find information on graduation requirements, access how-to guides, and check important deadlines to meet for graduation.
The Graduate College Format Manual assists graduate students who must produce a document under the supervision of their committee chair and successfully defend it as part of their degree requirements.
The manual provides detailed guidelines and examples to show you how to format sections of documents. Although you will choose a style guide as you develop the main text, the format manual shows how to format major sections and overall document structure and also, where applicable, supersede the chosen style guide. The format manual maintains a uniform style that is required of all ASU students going through format review.
The Graduate College Format Advising Tool is an optional resource to assist in writing a thesis, dissertation or applicable culminating experience document under the supervision of the committee chair. The tool will assist you in developing a template and help with format requirements such as margins, spacing, and pagination. It is often helpful to clear the browser history prior to using the tool.
Students will typically submit their document multiple times for format review to ensure it meets the Graduate College format standards before it is prepared by ProQuest to be published. The first document submission is due ten calendar days to the Graduate Format Dropbox account before the scheduled defense. You will also probably need to upload to Dropbox a revised document after the defense with any modifications the committee and/or format team has requested. Once the document has been approved by the Graduate College Format Team, it can be submitted to ProQuest for final review and approval.
The Spring 2017 format writing workshops will be held on Monday, February 6th in Hayden Library, room C-41 from 12:00-1:30 PM, and Thursday, February 9th, in Language & Literature (LL) 150 from 12:00-1:30 PM. The workshops will be held on the Tempe campus. For additional information on upcoming graduate student format workshops, please see the Graduate Writing Center website.
Send formatting questions and concerns to GradFormat@asu.edu. We can clarify requirements and offer advice as students work on perfecting a document’s format.