Thesis/Dissertation format requirements, as well as other services and processes, are changing for students who will graduate in December 2012. This announcement will summarize the major changes. For resources and other guidance please visit the Thesis/Dissertation pages on the Office of Graduate Studies website.
Students will no longer submit a sample journal article from a selected journal model to the Thesis Office. See the chart below, and consult with your committee and/or department, for allowable style choices in the thesis/dissertation.
College or Campus
Allowable Format/Style Options
|Agriculture and Life Sciences||Each student, in consultation with the committee, will follow the style of a single, scholarly journal, well known in the major field.|
|Architecture||Each student, in consultation with the committee, will follow the style of a single, scholarly journal, well known in the major field.|
|Education and Human Development||Students will utilize the appropriate style guide, as noted below, based on their departmental affiliation.EAHR: American Psychological Association (APA)
TLAC: American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA), or Chicago Style (the most recent)
EPSY: American Psychological Association (APA)
HLKN: American Psychological Association (APA), American Physiological Society (APS), or American Medical Association (AMA)
|Engineering||Each student, in consultation with the committee, will follow the style of a single, scholarly journal, well known in the major field.|
|Geosciences||Students may utilize Harvard or Chicago styles.|
|Mays Business School||Except for Accounting, each student, in consultation with the committee, will follow the style of a single, scholarly journal, well known in the major field.Accounting students should consult with the department regarding the style to be selected.|
|Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences|
|Texas A&M University at Galveston|
|Texas A&M University at Qatar|
The location of the page number has shifted to the bottom center of the page. Students are no longer required to rotate the page number placement for pages in the landscape orientation.
- Copyright and Approval Pages have been eliminated. The unique information these pages (committee listing and copyright notice) have been moved to the Title Page
- Preliminary lines have been eliminated from the Abstract Page.
- The Abstract Page is the first numbered page (using the lowercase Roman numeral ii)
A journal model sentence will no longer be included on page 1 of the thesis/dissertation.
The Vita has been eliminated. The last page of the thesis/dissertation should consist of reference or appendix material.
Review and Service Changes
In addition to format changes, the Thesis Office has also made the following adjustments to review processes and services:
- The pre-submittal conference will be offered in a face-to-face, group format approximately once per week. Students who cannot attend in person should consult the online pre-submittal conference tutorials.
- The Thesis Office will no longer provide copy-edit feedback on the Abstract, Dedication and Acknowledgments; however, if content therein does not meet standards, revisions will be requested.
- Corrections feedback will be more generalized, pointing to patterns of problems in the document with reference to examples, as needed. Students will need to review the entire document to address all iterations of an identified problem.
- Students requiring extended rounds of review (more than 3) will lose priority in the review queue in order to ensure fixed resource are able to serve all students equitably. Feedback times may be extended for these students, while deadlines to clear Thesis Office in order to graduate in a given semester will remain in effect.