The Office of Graduate Studies publishes the Standards for Preparing Theses and Dissertations, which we refer to as the Standards. In the following, we uses the word “document” to mean a dissertation, thesis, proposal, or project report in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
The University requires that all dissertations and theses comply with the Standards, latest edition. Similarly, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering requires that all Master’s project reports, thesis proposals, and dissertation proposals also comply. Even though the department may provide tools or templates to facilitate preparing a document, the student is fully responsible for assuring that the final document complies with the Standards and the departmental requirements below.
The Standards leave certain issues to be decided by the “degree-granting unit,” which in our case is the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Acceptable styles are selected by the candidate’s degree-granting unit, with the approval of the Office of Graduate Studies. The following specifies departmental-specific style requirements for dissertations, theses, proposals, and project reports.
Templates for theses and dissertations: The templates linked below are available from the MSU University Libraries. They do not automate all the style requirements above, but they may be helpful. They are provided as-is and without support. You are responsible for assuring that your thesis fulfills all the style requirements, irrespective of what tools you may use.
The Standards for Preparing Theses and Dissertations is available from the Office of Graduate Studies.
All theses and dissertations at Mississippi State University must be submitted to the library as electronic theses or dissertations. Instructions to authors are at http://library.msstate.edu/etd/author.asp.
The Mississippi State University Libraries now supports EndNote, which is a popular bibliography management program that is compatible with Microsoft Word. Information is available at http://library.msstate.edu/li/endnote/index.asp.