The Master's Dissertation Format: 10 Pointers For Dummies

If you are struggling with your Master's dissertation format, you should note first and foremost that the requirements will differ based on your particular academic institution and the requirements therein. But below are 10 pointers for dummies:

  1. The title page needs to include your title, your name, the name of the degree you are trying to obtain, your year of potential graduation, the names of all of your committee members or chair members, and program authorization for your degree
  2. The copyright page needs to have your name and the year, in the same way it was written on the title page.
  3. The abstract is the next piece in the order of your final piece and it must contain no more than 200-300 words.
  4. The language needs to be in English, and you must make sure you seek approval for anything other than that.
  5. You will not receive technical assistance so you need to obtain a detailed instruction list for the technical requirements of your content from your academic institution in question.
  6. You must use a Word based document which is compatible with your academic institution. Be sure to check if there are any requirements for the program type or file type to which you must adhere.
  7. You must have a proper table of contents, something which is often placed directly after the abstract, but in some cases it might be required before the abstract. Again, you need to check with your institution to see what they require for your final submission.
  8. You need to have a reference page at the end of the body of your work, something which functions as a separate chapter to the work you are producing. You need to include all of the items you utilized in your work referenced in accordance with the reference style required of your academic institution and in alphabetical order.
  9. You should include all of your tables, graphs, and figures within the chapters as necessary, but referenced at the end, after your reference page in the appendix. The appendix is typically the last item on the last, the very last component to your work. You must format everything here in accordance with the reference style required of your academic institution but listed in order of appearance.
  10. You need to make sure the font size and type adhere to your institution requirements as well.
 

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