General Requirements for Advanced Degrees
Master's Degree Requirements
Preparing Theses and Dissertations
Theses and dissertations must be typed or laser-printed. The body of the text must be one-and-a-half- or double-spaced; margins must be at least one-and-a-half inches on the left and one inch on the top, right, and bottom. Page numbers must be consecutive throughout, with Arabic numerals used for the body of the work and small or lowercase Roman numerals for the front matter. Script fonts (ex. Monotype Corsica) and italicizing large sections of text are not allowed for the main body of your text, although italics may be used appropriately.
The paper must be watermarked, 100-percent cotton bond paper of 20 or 24 lbs., in the format of 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheets. If photographs or detailed graphics are part of the work, make certain they are crisp and clear when printed. It is acceptable to use special laser or photo paper for the pages(s) in the dissertation containing images in order to achieve the best possible quality.
Theses and dissertations must be written in English unless you and your department/committee have decided otherwise. For more information, see the University Graduate School’s online guide Preparing Theses and Dissertations, www.indiana.edu/~/preparing-theses-and-dissertations.php.