The Graduate School
Advance to a higher degree

Formatting Guidance & Templates

Thesis Manual

Formatting Checklist

  • Please review your document using the formatting checklist before you submit.

iThenticate Plagiarism Screening Program

  • As of September 1, 2014 all thesis/dissertations deposited at Purdue must be screened using the iThenticate program. Satisfactioin of this requirement will be certified by both major professor & degree candidate signing in Electronic Thesis Acceptance Form [ETAF] 9. Please direct all iThenticate questions to Dr. James Mohler, Purdue's Research Integrity Officer.


LaTeX Template (puthesis)

The Thesis/Dissertation Office recommends using puthesis.

  • Why should you use it?
    • Thousands of people have graduated using it. You won’t need to “reinvent the wheel.”
    • All formatting details are done automatically, you can concentrate of the content of your thesis instead of worrying about margins, typefaces, etc.
    • It is especially convenient for typesetting mathematics.
    • Many people think it produces a more attractive output than other systems.
    • All of the software needed is free and available for a wide variety of software and operating systems.
    • Some (especially engineering, mathematics, and science) journals use LaTeX.
    • You may be able to cut large chunks out of your thesis, change a few lines at the top of the resulting file, and send that to a journal.
    • Using LaTeX and BibTeX is very common in the scientific community. Sooner or later you may need to learn it anyway.

MS Word Template

Our Microsoft Word templates are designed to be used with Word 2013 (PC) and 2016 (MAC).
We are unable to support the use of these templates with older versions of Microsoft Word, Pages for Mac, or LibreOffice.
For troubleshooting, use Microsoft’s Help Pages.

Questions? Email with WORD TEMPLATE in the subject line.

Graduating December 2016 and need the old templates? Click here.

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

© 2016 Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by The Purdue University Graduate School

If you have trouble accessing this page because of a disability, please contact The Purdue University Graduate School.