Learn to Use the ETD Templates
In order to graduate, the University requires you to submit a copy of your thesis or dissertation that conforms to the ETD Format Guidelines. (If you started writing your disseration before 2018 please refer to the pre-Nov2018 ETD Formatting Guidelines.) Here is a sample ETD.
To help you meet these requirements, we provide templates to help:
- Microsoft Word (v2.0 updated 01/03/2023)
These templates offer many shortcuts and automatic features that allow you to quickly format your paper according to Pitt's guidelines. The templates are not self-explanatory, however, so understanding how they work before using them is necessary. The following instructions will get you started:
Each thesis and dissertation should utilize a template, which ensures that they fit the standards set out by the University of Pittsburgh and adhere to the guidelines for publication and distribution by organizations such as ProQuest. The University Library System and your Student Services Staff offer a variety of training and support opportunities.
We recommend that students at the beginning of their thesis or dissertation writing process enroll in our workshops to get started early with an overview of the ETD formatting and copyright processes. For specific questions encountered while creating the ETD, we have online tutorials available and one-on-one support (both in person and online). For subject or school specific questions, ETD Student Services Staff in each school can help with your inquiries.
Download a copy of the slides we use as a basis for our ETD Workshops.