NPS thesis templates and forms - Thesis Processing

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Templates & Forms - Templates

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The template contains the pages and styles you need to format your paper, along with guidance on abstracts, figures, block quotes, and the like. If you are new to the template, please watch the formatting demonstration below. If you still have questions, contact a thesis processor. Microsoft Word must be version 2016 or later (or Mac equivalent). The template functions best with Word 2019 or Word 365, so we recommend these versions. Download Microsoft Office, which contains Word, here. We do not, however, recommend upgrading versions in the middle of writing of your thesis. If you do, please follow the compatibility settings carefully before upgrading. Do not use Word online or Word in a browser to create your thesis. These programs are likely to severely change your formatting. 


Templates and Forms - Before You Begin, Naming your file

Before you begin

Naming your file

How to set up the template

Common errors that we mark (you fix)

Proofreading module

Sharing your file with Thesis Processing

Advice for acing your iThenticate review

Single author: YYMon_Last_First

Multi-author: YYMon_Last_Last_Last

SE or SEA capstone: YYMon_Last et al


YY = Year of graduation

Mon = Month of graduation (first three letters)

First and Last = as in Python

Last et al = Last of first author, followed by "et al"

Templates & Forms - Choose Your Template


Choose your template

Download                                             Multi-line Figure Instructions

Note: The first eight pages of each thesis is outputted from the Python thesis dashboard.

If your are working in the SCIF, the templates you need are available in its public "Templates" folder. Also, be sure to visit our classified guidance page.

If you are working in the STBL, see our classified guidance page.

Caution: Follow the instructions on page 1 of the template carefully to avoid formatting problems that can happen when the template is shared among multiple people.

Note: The first eight pages of each report is outputted from the Python thesis dashboard.

Download Template

SE Writing Manual


 Steep learning curve—for the technically inclined only.

 Need help? Ask your questions here. See also our LaTeX formatting FAQ

 Download LaTeX template here




LaTeX formatting FAQ

Crash course in LaTeX and tutorials

BibTeX samples for IEEE (also shown inside .bib file included in template)

BibTeX for INFORMS style is included in the .bib file of the INFORMS template files.

Format demo, title over video


Thesis formatting demo

If using LaTeX, we will be posting a LaTeX formatting crash course shortly.

Template formatting video
Templates & Forms - Forms

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All forms are required in order for your thesis processor to begin your Final Review.

Also known as the "TPF." Each student's TPF is on their thesis dashboard.

The Python TPF is a distinct thesis proposal form used by TPO and not related to the thesis proposal forms used within the academic departments. All students are required to route the TPF located in their thesis dashboard.

Also known as the "TRAF." Route through your thesis dashboard in Python. The form is located on the bottom left of your dashboard.

Download from your thesis dashboard in Python. The form is located on the bottom left of your dashboard.

The first eight pages of your thesis are created from the data in your thesis dashboard.

You will upload this file to your SharePoint site at least three times: The first time will be when you request your Initial Review with Thesis Processing. The second time will be when you upload drafts for advisors and chair review. The third time will be when you request your Final Review with your assigned thesis processor.

The Thesis Extension Form is available on your thesis dashboard, top right.

Keep your extension(s) updated with your education technician. This saves you the trouble of reactivating your NPS account when it is time to submit your thesis.

Extension students are expected to adhere to the same submission deadlines as resident students.

The effects of an extension on one's record varies. Military students should see their military service reps for details. Civilian students should speak with their ed techs.

See also Thesis Processing's The Fine Print.

See also the Academic Policy Manual.