Thesis & Dissertation Services

Your thesis, dissertation or record of study marks the apex of your graduate career and showcases the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout. The Graduate and Professional School provides the resources you need to create a final product that meets Texas A&M University’s high scholarly standards. 

Working with You from Conception to Submission

The Graduate and Professional School does more than review submissions. We help you navigate the process, from before you start writing through graduation clearance. While your chair and committee ensure that you produce work that meets academic standards, we can give you the tools and guidance to meet formatting and documentation standards set by Texas A&M, freeing you up to focus on your document’s content.

Further, our services include reviewing each electronic thesis, dissertation and record of study (ETD) for uniformity, consistency and adherence to university guidelines and coordinating the ETD’s timely release for public access.

Getting Started

Once you complete your proposal, you will soon begin thinking about writing your thesis, dissertation, or record of study. Here are a few resources to help you begin your process.

VIRTUAL DOCUMENT PREPARATION CONFERENCE                                                         

The Document Preparation Conference is designed to provide you with early and specific guidance for you as you start to plan your thesis, dissertation, or record of study. Visit the Online Document Preparation Conference link to view the presentation. 

For any questions or to receive a copy of the slides, reach out to us at


The Graduate and Professional School publishes a thorough Guidelines for Theses, Dissertations and Records of Study, partners with campus offices and initiatives, and subscribes to useful software programs that you may find helpful as you research and write.

Guidelines for Theses, Dissertations and Records of Study

The Guidelines for Theses, Dissertations and Records of Study provides in-depth guidance for both students and faculty about how to prepare electronic theses, dissertations, and records of study, including sample pages.

Guidelines for theses, dissertations and records of study

Editing Software

Texas A&M offers free Overleaf Professional accounts for all students, faculty, and staff who would like to use the collaborative, online Overleaf editor for their projects. Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing, and producing your research papers, project reports, and ETDs more efficient for both you and your collaborators. Students can use Overleaf to receive real-time feedback from their committee chairs on their final thesis, dissertation or record of study.

Overleaf authoring and editing tool


General Formatting
Specific Formatting

Document Templates

Microsoft Word and Overleaf sample templates are available. Although these don’t eliminate the need for you to manually apply some formatting, they do come with most of our formatting requirements imbedded, particularly for the preliminary pages. We highly recommend you use a template to save time and avoid confusion. Be sure to follow the accompanying instructions closely.

Find basic, section, chapter, and journal templates, as well as an Overleaf dissertation template here.

Word templates and instructions for theses, dissertations, and records of study
LaTeX templates and instructions for theses, dissertations, and records of study

University writing center

The University Writing Center offers graduate students assistance with writing and public speaking, including class assignments, CVs, journal articles, research posters, oral presentations, theses or dissertations, and the oral defense.

Writing Center

Power writing support services

POWER (Promoting Outstanding Writing for Excellence in Research) provides motivational and instrumental support for graduate students’ academic writing through services such as individual writing consultations, writing and practicing in writing studios and graduate-level writing productivity classes.


Resources for degree completion

The Graduate and Professional School works to ensure a smooth process from matriculation to graduation. Here, you’ll find links and information for everything you need to know to successfully complete your degree.


Nearing Completion

Congratulations! You are nearing the end of your doctoral or master’s journey. Here’s what you need to do before you can submit your thesis, dissertation, or record of study and be cleared for graduation.

Find links to required forms below.

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Submit your thesis, dissertation, or record of study to Vireo!

All theses, dissertations, records of study and copyright permissions (if needed) must be submitted electronically to Vireo in final PDF form. Vireo is also where you will retrieve a list of corrections once a review has been completed.

Vireo Thesis and Dissertation Submission System

Thesis & Dissertation Forms

Permission to Use Copyrighted Material
Written Dissertation Approval Form
Written Thesis Approval Form
Thesis, Dissertation, and Record of Study - Copyright and Availability Form

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