Thesis Formatting Instructions

For whatever reason, more often than not the first thesis submission is not usually accepted. There are particular and extensive guidelines for order of components and formatting requirements. Anticipate the first submission may not be accepted. The approved thesis is electronically filed with the Graduate School, and they alone (not the DGS) determine whether the content components and formatting are acceptable. You can view full instructions at

Dissertation Boot Camp

The Writing Center at UNC offers a “Dissertation Boot Camp” four times a year (typically). It is meant for those actively writing their thesis who can commit to a one week Monday through Friday attendance of at least 4 hours of writing per day. Advance registration is required; possibly the semester before writing; snacks and lunch provided. For more information or to be added to the listserv, please visit