Dissertation / Thesis Checklist

Videos about formatting your dissertation/thesis can be found here.

Dissertations and Thesis Writing Consultations - Center for Communication Excellence

This checklist will help you find formatting items that need to be corrected so that your dissertation/thesis can be accepted as the final step for your graduation.

  1. Use the following checklist or the links in Organizing Your Dissertation/Thesis to carefully check the formatting of your dissertation/thesis. Carefully checking these items will speed up the acceptance process for your dissertation/thesis.
  2. After all the items have been checked, use the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the checklist to go to the next step for submitting your dissertation/thesis.

Sequence of Pages

Title Page

Match Iowa State's online samples

Table of Contents

Page Numbering

Page Margins (minimum)

Line Spacing


List of Tables and List of Figures


Top Level (Major) Headings

Body of Manuscript

Tables and Figures

Journal Paper Format


Citations and References/Bibliography

Biographical Sketch or Vita (optional in dissertation/thesis)

It is important that you have met all the formatting requirements so that your dissertation/thesis can be promptly approved for your graduation.

Use the 'Submit Your Dissertation/Thesis' link below to go to the next step. By using to the link below, you verify that you have checked all the formatting guidelines listed in the Thesis Checklist or in all the links in Organizing Your Dissertation/Thesis.

  • After clicking the submit button below, you will be taken to the website for uploading your dissertation/thesis to ProQuest.
  • Once your dissertation/thesis has been uploaded, be sure to check the e-mail address you entered on a frequent basis.
  • You will receive a request to make changes or an acceptance e-mail.
  • If any changes are needed, they should be made within 24 hours if at all possible.
  • You will need to receive an acceptance e-mail before you will be allowed to graduate.

Submit Your Dissertation/Thesis