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Thesis and Dissertation Office - Checklist

The following is intended as a quick checklist of the areas that present the most problems for students. Please refer to the University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations for the complete guidelines. University guidelines take precendence over departmental style guides (see the listing of Departmental Style Guides).**

General Requirements for Print Copy Submission:

  • The paper is standard printer/copy paper in a 20 lb. bond (white)
  • Unbound, without holes or perforations, submitted in a lidded box (suitable boxes are available at the Bookstore)
  • Signed Signature/Approval Page (original signatures including the final signature of the dean, associate dean, department chair, etc.)
  • Submitted by 5 p.m. of the deadline date for intended term (no late submissions are accepted)

The Checklist offers an interactive PDF form that can be used, in conjunction with the University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations, to track manuscript formatting adherence. The interactive capability of this form requires Adobe Reader 9.0 and above.

Students who require an accessible screen read version will need to use Adobe Reader 9.0 or above.  From the "View" menu in Adobe Reader, select the "Read Out Loud" option to have the PDF document read.

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Download Checklist by clicking here

After downloading the Checklist, save the file to a location on your personal computer or on a flash drive.

The Checklist does not address issues related to candidate requirements, fees, and the approval process.  These issues are discussed in the CSULB's University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations (2010 edition is now available).

**Strict adherence to guidelines is required as theses, project reports, and dissertations can be rejected when they contain numerous and consistent formatting errors.