The template contains the pages and styles you need to format your paper, along with guidance on abstracts, figures, block quotes, and the like. If you are new to the template, please watch the formatting demonstration below. If you still have questions, contact a thesis processor. Microsoft Word must be version 2013 or later (or Mac equivalent). The template functions best with Word 2016, so we recommend this version. Download Microsoft Office, which contains Word, here. We do not, however, recommend upgrading versions in the middle of writing of your thesis. If you do, please follow the compatibility settings carefully before upgrading. Do not use Word Online or Word apps to create your thesis. These programs are likely to severely change your formatting.
Naming your file
Single author: YYMon_Last_First
YY = graduation year
Choose your template
Note: The templates do not contain the standard first eight pages of an NPS thesis; these are outputted from your thesis dashboard in Python, under the Document Creation and Approval Routing section. If you have already begun using an older template, or you are using the LaTeX template, it is OK. Your thesis processor will delete the unneeded pages during your Initial or Final review.
Steep learning curve—for the technically inclined only.
Basic to intermediate coding skill is required, and processors are unable to provide formatting help.
The template comes packaged with a BibTeX tool; the code for each entry type in IEEE style is shown in more detail here. Entry coding for INFORMS style is included in the bib file of the INFORMS template files.
All forms are required in order for your thesis processor to begin your Final Review.
Also known as the "TPF." Follow your department's proposal process before routing this form. It is routed through your thesis dashboard in Python, from the bottom left of the dashboard.
Also known as the "TRAF." Route through your thesis dashboard in Python. The form is located on the bottom left of your dashboard.
Download from your thesis dashboard in Python. The form is located on the bottom left of your dashboard.
The first eight pages of your thesis is created from the data in your thesis dashboard.
You will upload this file to your SharePoint site at least three times: The first time will be when you request your Initial Review with Thesis Processing. The second time will be when you upload drafts for advisors and chair review. The third time will be when you request your Final Review with your assigned thesis processor.
Keep your extension(s) updated with your education technician. This saves you the trouble of reactivating your NPS account when it is time to submit your thesis.
Extension students are expected to adhere to the same submission deadlines as resident students.
The effects of an extension on one's record varies. Military students should see their military service reps for details. Civilian students should speak with their ed techs.
See also "Thesis Extension" here.
See also Thesis Processing's The Fine Print.
See also the Academic Policy Manual.