Thesis/Dissertation Formatting


  • According to the recent update of the APA Manual (7th edition), the abstract should only be up to 250 words, and formatted in only one paragraph.
  • The entire page is single-spaced including the titles; since your entire document is set for double spacing, just highlight the text on this page and choose single spacing.
  • At the top is the page title: 
    • For theses: AN ABSTRACT OF A THESIS 
    • For dissertations: AN ABSTRACT OF A DISSERTATION
  • Leave the next line blank.
  • Enter the TITLE OF YOUR THESIS/DISSERTATION, which is centered, bold, and in all caps.  Your title must also form an upside down triangle if it is more than one line.  This means the first line is the longest and each consecutive line is shorter than the previous line.
  • Leave the next line blank.
  • Type your name as registered with the university, centered.
  • Leave the next line blank.
  • Type your degree title and the program, for example, Master of Arts in English.
  • Leave the next line blank.
  • Type the content following the general formatting except the paragraphs are single spaced with a blank line between paragraphs.  

 example of abstract page

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