Graduate Studies

Office of Graduate Studies
USF St. Petersburg Bay 204
140 Seventh Avenue South,
St. Petersburg Florida 33701
Phone: 727-873-4567
Fax: 727-873-4889

Maintained by D. Knudsen.
Last updated 2/10/14

 

THESIS SUBMISSION

Note: USF St. Petersburg graduate students are no longer required to submit their approved theses through the USF Tampa Graduate School. The final approval of the format after your committee has approved the intellectual content takes place in the USF St. Petersburg Office of Graduate Studies in Bayboro 204. USF St. Petersburg students DO NOT submit through the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) process, but rather the final manuscript is to be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies in PDF format via email, flash drive, or CD. For all questions or to make an appointment, please call or email Donna Knudsen at Knudsen@usfsp.edu or (727) 873-4450.

Deadlines (needed forms and web pages are embedded in the text)

 

FALL 2013

SPRING 2014

SUMMER 2014
Complete a Thesis Student Information Request Form and submit to Graduate Studies
within the first three weeks of the Fall semester
within the first three weeks of the Spring semester

within the first three weeks of the Summer semester

Deadline to apply for Graduation (Online Graduation Application) Paper version (Graduate Degree Application Form)
9/20/13
5/23/2014
Submit PDF version of your final committee-approved thesis/manuscript to the Office of Graduate Studies. Hard copy/paper theses will not be accepted. Final submission must be in PDF form. In addition to the thesis itself, a completed Certificate of Approval Form must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies prior to 6 p.m. on the date due.
11/15/13
3/28/14
7/11/2014
Deadline to register for the Commencement Ceremony if you plan to attend. Complete the ceremony registration form found on the USFSP Commencement web page.
12/15/13
5/4/14
8/9/2014
Deadline to achieve final clearance on thesis/manuscript from the Office of Graduate Studies (grade changes from Z to S on transcript if all requirements are met.
12/10/13
4/30/14
8/6/2014

Format Requirements and Resources

Students are responsible for meeting all the format requirements as outlined below. Graduate Studies does not specify a specific structure or organization for the main body of the manuscript (such as the content, number of chapters, chapter organization, etc.). However, individual graduate programs may require a specific style (i.e. APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), set forth by their program throughout the manuscript. The table below outlines the sections of the manuscript and also the page numbering requirements.

Section
Required or Optional
Page Numbering
TITLE PAGE
REQUIRED
No page #
DEDICATION
Optional
No page #
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Optional
No page #
TABLE OF CONTENTS (TOC)
REQUIRED
Lower Case Roman (i, ii, iii ...)
LIST OF TABLES

REQUIRED
(if there are tables)

Lower Case Roman (ii, iii, ...)
LIST OF FIGURES
REQUIRED
(if there are figures)
Lower Case Roman (iii, iv, v ...)
ABSTRACT
REQUIRED
Lower Case Roman (v, vi ...)
MAIN BODY
REQUIRED
Arabic (1,2,3,4 ...)
REFERENCES
REQUIRED
(unless placed at the end of chapters)
Arabic (34, 35 ...)
APPENDICES
Optional
Arabic (102, 103 ...)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Optional
No page number End page used in the Table of Contents

The following links provide information on formatting requirements. These helpful guidelines were developed by the USF Tampa Graduate School who has graciously agreed to allow us to use them.

Each link contains a PDF document that outlines the required formatting, includes examples of each section, provides explanations of how to use and set up the formatting functions in Microsoft Word, and a checklist that can be used to evaluate each section of the manuscript. To download a particular section of the requirements click on the appropriate title below.

Overview of Formatting Requirements
Margins
Indenting
Line Spacing
Fonts
Page Numbers
Page Headers

Guides for Specific Sections and Checklists

Title Page Format and Checklist
Dedication Format and Checklist
Acknowledgments Format and Checklist
Table of Contents Format and Checklist
List of Tables Format and Checklist
List of Figures Format and Checklist
Abstract Format and Checklist
Body of Document Format and Checklist
Tables Format and Checklist
Figures Format and Checklist
References / footnotes / bibliography and Checklist
Appendices Format and Checklist
About the Author and Checklist

Converting the Manuscript to PDF

Did you cover everything? Final checklist.

 

 


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