These template files are meant to help guide students in creating an electronic thesis or dissertation (ETD) that meets Texas A&M University requirements as set forth in the Guidelines for Theses, Dissertations, and Records of Study. They are a companion piece to be used together with the GuidelinesUsing a template file does not negate responsibility to follow all  guidelines.

Most templates have been prepared in Microsoft Word® but are often compatible with other word processing programs. Prior to using these template files, students should check with academic committee members or department personnel to verify if special requirements apply. Several Texas A&M University departments, especially within the College of Engineering, use LaTeX software to develop ETDs rather than MS Word. Thesis and Dissertation Services accepts documents prepared in any of the three templates below.

Template Overview

TemplateWord ProcessingETDs
BasicMay be the right choice for students with limited word processing experience, especially in the Microsoft Office suite.May be appropriate for ETDs that have few text sections, headings, figures, tables, and equations.
Recommended - Chapter Style
 Recommended - Section
Recommended - Journal Article
May be the right choice for students familiar with word processing software and/or proficient in the Microsoft Office suite.Might save time when working with ETDs that have numerous sections, headings, figures, tables, and equations.
Overleaf (for LaTeX users)May be the best choice for students experienced in using LaTeX.Might provide needed capabilities for highly technical ETDs, including those with numerous equations.