Word Processing Template Files

These template files are meant to help guide students in creating an ETD that meets the requirements for Texas A&M University as set forth in the Thesis Manual. They are a companion piece to be used in unison with the Thesis Manual, and using a template file does not negate responsibility to follow all Thesis Manual guidelines.

Most templates have been prepared in Microsoft Word® but are often usable in other word processing programs. Prior to using these template files, students should check with academic committee members or department personnel to verify if special requirements apply. Several Texas A&M University departments, especially within the College of Engineering, use LaTeX software to develop ETDs rather than using MS Word. The Thesis Office is exploring development of a standard LaTeX template to assist students, but it is not yet available.

Basic Template

The basic template:

  • Comes in only one version, designed for PCs but usually functional in the Mac operating system.
  • May be the right choice for students with limited word processing experience, especially in the Microsoft Office suite.
  • May be appropriate for ETDs that have few text sections, headings, figures, tables, and equations.

The basic template contains placeholder text for the preliminary pages and page 1 of the main body. The file is formatted to use standard Thesis Manual margin settings and page numbering for the preliminary pages and main body. The basic template is available in a single file that should be appropriate for both Mac and PC users.

The basic template does not contain defined word processing styles or automatically generated front matter lists. Thus, it may save time for students with limited word processing skills or for ETDs with very few sections, figures, tables, or equations. The front matter pages are entered as plain text with no internal links and are intended to be overwritten with individualized ETD information.

If you would like to use the basic template, download the basic template file from this page. (To use a file with styles and internal links, see the next section for description or download the recommended template file.)

The instruction file for the basic template explains its use and describes in detail the organization and front matter completion required in ETDs.

Recommended Template

The recommended template:

  • Comes in two versions, one designed for PCs and one designed for Mac use.
  • May be the right choice for students familiar with word processing software and/or proficient in the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Might save time when working with ETDs that have numerous sections, headings, figures, tables, and equations.

The recommended template contains the same placeholder text for the preliminary pages and page 1 of the main body as contained in the basic template. The file is formatted to use standard Thesis Manual margin settings and page numbering for the preliminary pages and main body. The recommended template is available in two versions, for either Mac or PC users.

In addition, the recommended template contains defined word processing styles and automatically generated front matter lists. For authors familiar with MS Word styles, this template will simplify text entry and front matter finalization by providing consistent formatting as well as automatic Table of Contents, List of Tables, and List of Figures.

If you would like to use the recommended template, download the recommended template file of your choice from this page. The instruction files for the recommended templates explain use of the PC or Mac file, as applicable, and describe in detail the organization and front matter completion required in ETDs.

Access to LaTeX templates

The LaTeX template:

  • May be recommended or required by some departments or programs.
  • May be the best choice for students experienced in using LaTeX.
  • Might provide needed capabilities for highly technical ETDs, including those with numerous equations.

A LaTeX student user group exists to provide support for individuals writing documents, including ETDs, using LaTeX software. This group is entirely student led, and it hosts an ETD template on its website. The template is a variation of the one used by the Texas A&M Nuclear Engineering Department, with updates. The template can be downloaded from the LaTeX user group website. More information can be found on the student group website at: www.howdy.me.

The Thesis Office does not currently maintain or provide support for LaTeX templates. Thesis Office personnel are exploring possible development of a standard LaTeX template, however. For those students who prefer or need to use LaTeX software to create their ETDs before the standardized template is available, more information regarding the LaTeX document preparation system can be found at: www.latex-project.org.

Download Files

The basic template file, recommended (styled) template files for either PC or Mac use, and respective instruction files are available for download using the following table.