THESIS/DISSERTATION FORMAT GUIDE
This guide1 is for USF College of Engineering M.S. thesis and Ph.D. students.
information on the format process,
format requirements, and
writing tips for engineering students.
It also serves as a sample of a consistently-formatted thesis/dissertation, starting with the next page (Title Page).
2” top margin
Title of Thesis or Dissertation Goes Here and
Double-Space If More Than One Line
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W. Fitzgerald Burton
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A thesis (dissertation) submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
University of South Florida
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Co-Major Professor: Jordan M. Wells, Ph.D.
Co-Major Professor: Molly McHolmes, Ph.D.
Nina M. Gulla, Ph.D.
Budwin Alexander Verploegh, M.S.M.E.
Majorette Mikelson, Ph.D.
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Date of Approval:
March 20, 2014
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Keywords: Choose Five Terms, Separated by Commas,
Do Not Choose, Words Already in, Your Title
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Copyright © 2014, W. Fitzgerald Burton
According to USF Graduate Studies, “the dedication honors those who inspired or encouraged the initiation and completion of the master’s or doctoral degree. This includes but is not limited to, spouses, parents, significant others, siblings, professors, other students, etc.” 
According to USF Graduate Studies, the Acknowledgments section expresses
“recognition and appreciation for special professional assistance extended to you by academic personnel, agencies and institutions.
It may be up to one page.” 
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