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Formatting of the Title Page

The title page of your ETD should follow the specific layout and wording used here (although “Thesis” should be replaced with “Dissertation” if you are a doctoral candidate, and “Master of Science” should be replaced with your own degree type if you are not earning an MS).

Title page example


The final title of the student’s thesis or dissertation should appear on this page. The title should be identical to the title on the approval sheet and in TRACE in every way, including capitalization. The title may not contain any characters that cannot be found on a typical English language keyboard. Use word substitutes in place of these characters, including but not limited to: formulas, symbols, superscripts/subscripts, and Greek letters.


Students should place the title of the document centered at the top of the page, the degree statement centered in the middle of the page, and student’s name and month and year of graduation centered at the bottom of the page. The student’s name must appear as he/she is registered at The University of Tennessee. There should not be a comma between the month of graduation and year of graduation (for example, “May 2011” is correct while “May, 2011” is not). The only possible graduation months are May (Spring), August (Summer), and December (Fall).


The title page is assigned the page number “i”, but this should not be visible on the page. For how to set up your page numbers, you may wish to get instruction from Microsoft.