UDTS Resources

UDTS is here to help you create, complete, and submit your thesis or dissertation to us. To do so, we offer a variety of resources that will assist you in formatting your document.

Forms and Documents

Additional Resources


University Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines

These Guides and Instructions are excellent resources to use when creating your thesis or dissertation. They clearly outline the university's requirements for the creation of documents by Mason students.

If you are using Word, but you do not wish to use the Interactive Template (see below), we recommend that you use these guides to format your document correctly:

Thesis, Dissertation, or Project Guide for Preparation and Formatting

Quick Reference Guide



Word Template

In the interest of public health, UDTS has suspended all in-person meetings until further notice. We can meet with you virtually, through your preferred platform (Zoom, Skype, etc.). Please visit our LibCal Scheduler to set up an appointment.

Word Template for Mac

Instructions for Mac

Word Template for PC

Instructions for PC.


LaTeX Template

We offer the following LaTeX templates as a courtesy. We are not LaTeX experts, and no one currently working in or affiliated with University Libraries created these templates. Furthermore, no one in UDTS or the library can manipulate the LaTeX code. If you choose to create your thesis or dissertation using LaTeX, we can check the final product, in its PDF form, but we cannot manipulate the code at all. You will need to find someone in your school/college/program to assist you with LaTeX, because we cannot.

LaTeX Style File for Master's degrees

LaTeX Style File for Doctoral degrees



When you are ready to submit the final version of your thesis or dissertation, there is certain paperwork you will need to complete and turn in as well.

All Master's and Doctoral students writing theses and dissertations must turn in completed, signed copies of the following forms to our office on or by the Final Submission deadline in order to graduate within their intended semester of graduation:

Transmittal Sheet

Embargo Request Form

Please note: Even if you choose not to delay the availability of your final document in MARS through an embargo, you still have to complete, sign, and submit an Embargo Request Form. If you choose to delay your work's availability in MARS, you will need to collect the signatures of your Committee Chair and the Graduate Associate Dean of your college/school on the ERF. If you do not choose to delay (embargo) your work's availability in MARS, you do not need to collect their signatures. Some Mason units require immediate availability of all student dissertations and do not permit embargo of any length under any circumstances.  Please check with your academic program before submitting an embargo request.

In addition to completing, signing, and turning in all the forms listed above, Doctoral students are also required to complete the following steps:


Office Hours

In the interest of public health, UDTS has suspended all in-person meetings until further notice. We can meet with you virtually, through your preferred platform (Zoom, Skype, etc.). Please visit our LibCal Scheduler to set up an appointment.



We are offering virtual workshops on both the Process you must complete in order to graduate on time, and our Word template. To view the sessions and sign up for them, please visit University Libraries Workshops and Events.


Assistance with Writing and Editing

If you need assistance with issues ranging from simple proofreading to help crafting the structure of your thesis or dissertation as a whole, we recommend the Writing Center at Mason. This service is free.

If you need further assistance, UDTS has a list of freelance editors who can assist you. These individuals are private contractors, and their services are not free. They set their own fee schedules. If you are interested in learning more about this option, please email UDTS.


Mason Publishing Group

If you have questions about U.S. Copyright Law (including fair and legal use of quotes, graphics, and photos, and your own rights as a creator of a thesis or dissertation), please contact the Mason Publishing Group of University Libraries.


University Registrar

The Registrar at George Mason University is an excellent resource for many of your questions. You can access information about the following:

Academic Calendar

This resource is especially important, because you need to be aware of Final Submission deadlines for each semester. Here are some upcoming Final Submission deadlines:

Summer 2021: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 30

Fall 2021: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3

Spring 2022: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6


Turning in your thesis, dissertation, or project to UDTS is just one element of the entire process you must complete in order to graduate. There are other steps, specific to each department, college and school, and specific to George Mason, that you must complete as well. Contact the Registrar's Graduation Services department with further questions.



If you have any questions or need any further information about classes, fee payment, tuition, and admission, the University Catalog is an excellent resource.


Special Registration

Please review the rules governing Special Registration. University Dissertation & Thesis Services is not authorized to grant extensions for the final submission of theses and dissertations--that decision is ultimately up to your department, and to the Registrar.

The Special Registration deadline for Spring 2022 is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 21.

Under Special Registration, you will still have to fulfill all University requirements in order to graduate. Your thesis or dissertation still has to go through a format review; you still have to have a submission consultation; and you still have to turn in your final document, along with all necessary paperwork, by the above date.