Careful formatting of your thesis is required
- You are responsible for implementing the thesis formatting rules, which are extensive and specific
- Apply these formatting rules in early drafts so you may apply them to final versions
- Your Research Advisor will be reviewing your final draft and annotating it with required changes, so submit revisions as Word docs to allow tracked changes
- This is an iterative process, and may require several revisions until completely correct - it depends on your attention to the rules
- Finally, generate a PDF of the final approved revision of your Word doc - carefully check the formatting!
The easiest way to view required formatting is to:
- Examine PDFs of completed theses available on Harvard’s DASH site (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard): https://dash.harvard.edu/
1. Browse “Communities & Collections” on the right-hand list
2. Select the “Theses and Dissertations” link under Harvard Division of Continuing Education
- Many of the theses listed here are in the field of Sustainability (or the former name - Sustainability and Environmental Management)
3. Click on the titles to read abstracts and download PDFs that are of interest to you - review these for examples of methodology as well as subject matter
Note: these DASH theses generally illustrate correct formatting, but there still might be some errors in any particular thesis, so be sure to check against current formatting rules as well.