The Thesis & Dissertation Support Center maintains templates for MS Word and LaTeX in an effort to make adhering to the Graduate Editorial Office Publication Standards a little easier.

The Word file can be used by both Mac and PC users (see the note to Mac users below). These templates are provided in the current .docx format.

The LaTeX  legacy Template owes a huge debt of gratitude to Ron Smith for developing the ufthesis.cls file. The 2019 version is owed thanks to Jason Nowell.

Thesis and Dissertation formatting requirements are the same for all students. Guidelines and requirements are available in the Editorial Office’s GRADUATE SCHOOL FORMATTING GUIDE

MS Word

MS Word Template - Arial

The standard template that most students should use. This document uses custom Word “styles” to help format your document to meet Editorial Office Guidelines.

IF USING MACBOOKS: MS Word on a Macintosh will make the Table of Contents, List of Figures, and List of Tables links around the page numbers only. This link will not comply with the Editorial Requirements and ALL Mac Users must be aware that they will have to make some arrangement make these links over the text as is done on the PC. The easiest method is to fully update these tables one last time and convert to pdf on a Windows Machine just before uploading to the Editorial Document Management System.

MS Word Template - Times

A few people prefer to use Times New Roman (Note: while Times New Roman is a very good font in the hard copy version, Arial is a superior font for readability on a computer screen) Please use this version if you are gong to use Times New Roman.


A LaTex editor should be used when comping either version of the LaTex template. Our office highly suggests the use of Overleaf as UF provided a free account to its users.

LaTeX Template

Because of the nature of the Editorial Office’s requirements, we have had to adapt by using many modified environments that shows log errors. This is normal as long as it does not cause a compiling error. Please reach out for assistance if you have any questions.