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The template contains the pages and styles you need to format your paper. If you are new to the template, please watch the thesis brief. 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 recommend, however, 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.


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All forms are required in order for your thesis processor to begin your Final Review.

Route through your thesis dashboard in Python. The form is located on the bottom left of your dashboard.

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.

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Choose your template

Note: The templates were re-released April 5. They no longer contain the first eight pages of an NPS thesis. The First 8 Pages will now be output from the student's thesis dashboard in Python, from 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.

The templates for classified theses can be downloaded inside the secure labs. The templates are also available on our classified guidance page.

Caution: Follow the instructions on page 1 of the template carefully to avoid formatting problems in your capstone report.

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SE Writing Manual

Steep learning curve—for the technically inclined only. Basic to intermediate coding skill is required, and processors are unable to provide formatting help.


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Note: During your Final Review, your thesis processor will manually remove the first 8 pages of your file and replace them with your Python-produced pages.



LaTeX formatting FAQ

Crash course in LaTeX and tutorials

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.