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Thesis / Dissertation Formatting Manual

This guide contains information about the formatting and submission of your graduate thesis or dissertation research project.

Title Page

Your Title Page should include:


  • Author's name
  • Degree earned - use "official title" and wording provided by the UCI Registrar's office. Be aware that your degree title may be different from the title of your major (e.g. your major may be "Neurobiology and Behavior," but you are earning a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences)
  • Full name and rank of each committee member - e.g., use "Associate Professor Peter Anteater" and not "Prof. Anteater, PhD," etc. Designate which committee member is your chair (or list co-chairs if there are multiple chairs).
  • A search-friendly title - the words used in the title of your manuscript are the access points for researchers who may use keyword-searching techniques to identify works in various subject areas. Use word substitutes, not symbols or formulas, to ensure effective retrieval from on-line indexes. Use concise titles containing words descriptive of the work; emphasis should be on nouns, with easily identifiable key words.
  • Year - this must correspond to the year in which your degree will be conferred.



This is what your Title Page should look like. This screenshot was taken from the template.

Sample title page from Dissertation Template. Word document screenshot