Guidelines for Writing a Thesis, Dissertation, Practicum, or Internship Report

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Graduate Students


Before students begin writing, they should review the Guide for Writing Theses and Dissertations, which details mechanics, formats, and procedures for preparing the thesis, dissertation, internship, or practicum report. These guidelines are established by the Graduate School and are available by contacting Students must use the front matter templates that are available by contacting or on the Graduate Student Association Canvas site.

Generally, the format and style used by leading professional journals in students’ fields will serve as guides for format. Depending on their discipline, students may also choose to use current versions of the following style guides:

  1. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papersby the Modern Language Association (MLA)
  2. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
  3. A Manual for Writersby Kate Turabian

A thesis, practicum, or internship report must include an abstract of no more than 200 words in length. A dissertation must include an abstract that cannot exceed 400 words in length.

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Graduate Handbook 4.9

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