Formatting Your Thesis

Format Checks

All thesis students are required to submit a copy of their thesis to FGS for an initial format check before their thesis defence. For this purpose, electronic copies of your thesis in PDF format can be emailed to Please include your banner number and defence date in the email.

We will complete your format check within two business days. Upon completion of your format check, you will get an email from a member of the thesis team. Sometimes these emails go to Clutter and/or junk, you should monitor your email closely.

Format Guidelines

The following resources outline formatting requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Thesis Format Guidelines document provides a full list of the criteria used by FGS while the checklist and common review comments provide a more abridged view.

Resource PDF
Thesis Format Guidelines [PDF - 62kb]

Samples and Templates

These templates provide the format and content for preliminary pages included in all Dalhousie theses. They may also help you with the layout of your main thesis text.

Resource Word PDF
Copyright Release Request Letter [DOC - 22kb]
NetID login required
[PDF - 46kb]
Copyright permissions and your Thesis [External Website]
Dalhousie LaTeX Template
(not officially supported by FGS)
[External Website]
Sample Thesis Format   [PDF - 193kb]
Template - Thesis Title Page [DOC - 34kb]