University Dissertation & Thesis Services

George Mason University Libraries

Format Review

Format Reviews are mandatory for every student at GMU who is writing a thesis or a dissertation. If you are enrolled in either 799 or 999, then you will be turning in a thesis or a dissertation, and you will need to go through the Format Review process.

Some students who will turn in a project will need to go through a Format Review, but not all. If you are completing a project and are not sure whether your document will need to be reviewed by UDTS, please contact us.

We have a variety of resources you should consult before getting started on your thesis or dissertation, including guides and examples. We also have many helpful templates.

It is a good idea to submit your thesis or dissertation to us for review as soon as possible. There is no such thing as "too early." Furthermore, it's a good idea to submit your document to us early in the semester to avoid end-of-semester delays.

We generally suggest that students who will be defending their theses and dissertations submit their work to UDTS for Format Review at least 2 - 3 weeks before their defense dates.

For students who will not defend their theses, we recommend that they submit their theses and dissertations to us at least 6 weeks before the final submission date for that semester.

You do not have to make an appointment for a Format Review, and you do not have to be present when it takes place.

In order to complete this necessary step, you must email your thesis or dissertation to us at udts@gmu.edu.

After we have received your document, we will check it, and we will respond to you as soon as possible with any changes you may need to make. Generally, we try not to take more than 2 business days to respond with changes, but delays may occur toward the end of the semester.

Sometimes, more than one round of review is required. We will let you know if that is the case.

Please note: it is your responsibility to make sure that your document adheres to the requirements set forth by your style manual (APA, Chicago, MLA, IEEE, and so on). UDTS does not check to make sure that your document adheres to the rules of these various styles. If you do not know what style you are to use, please check with your committee and/or department. UDTS does not have any say or governance in the style you implement.

And, once again, please be aware that this step is MANDATORY. In order to be eligible to graduate, you must submit your document for a Format Review, and we must approve it. If you do not go through the Format Review process, and if we do not inform you that your review is over, you will not be eligible to graduate. Please note: we HAVE to tell you that your formatting has been approved in order for you to graduate. If we do NOT inform you that your formatting has been approved, then you will NOT be eligible to graduate.

 

The Format Review Deadline for the Fall 2015 Semester is as follows:

By 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 7, you must have received an email from UDTS, sent by the Coordinator, Sally Evans, stating that your formatting is in good shape, and your Format Review is over. That means that you have to have passed the Format Review by that date/time. If you do not have an email by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 7 from Sally Evans stating that you have passed the Format Review, then you will not be eligible to graduate in the Fall 2015 semester.

We will do no Format Reviews (either first-time or subsequent) between 5:01 p.m. on Monday, December 7, and 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15. We will begin reviewing documents again on Tuesday, December 15.

 

After your formatting is in good shape, you will be ready for the next step in the process: the Submission Consultation.