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



The Interactive Template was updated February 6, 2018. It is a Word document. We offer instructions for Mac and for PC.


Always make sure you are using the correct Signature Sheet.



We offer the following LaTeX templates as a courtesy. We are not LaTeX experts, and no one currently working in or affiliated with UDTS or DoIT created these templates. Furthermore, no one in UDTS or DoIT 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

ETD Submission Form

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:



We are working on scheduling workshops for the Spring 2018 Semester. After they are scheduled, you can view and sign up for them through University Libraries' Workshops & Events Calendar. On that page, under "Category," choose "Dissertation & Thesis Services." We offer workshops on both Process and the Interactive Template; please sign up for any or all sessions you find useful.


Office Hours

At any of Mason's campuses, we're available to meet with you for information sessions, formatting issues, and Final Submission appointments.  

Our office is located on the Fairfax campus, in 2005 Fenwick Library. Our regular office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. You can view our upcoming availability at the Fairfax campus and make an appointment through LibCal.


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 Scholarly Communication and Copyright Office at Mason.


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 2018: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4

Summer 2018: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3

Fall 2017: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7



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 Summer 2018 is Friday, May 18, 2018.

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.