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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 2013 or later (or Mac equivalent). The template functions best with Word 2016, so we recommend this version. 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 apps to create your thesis. These programs are likely to severely change your formatting.


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 Naming your file


Single author: YYMon_Last_First
Multi-author: YYMon_Last_Last_Last
SE and SEA Capstones: YYMon_Last et al



YY = graduation year
Mon = graduation month
Last = author(s) last name as it appears in Python
First = single author's first name as it appears in Python
Last et al = first author's last name (as it appears in Python, alphabetically) followed by "et al"



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Choose your template

Note: The templates do not contain the standard first eight pages of an NPS thesis; these are outputted from your thesis dashboard in Python. If you have already begun using an older template, or are using the LaTeX template, it is OK. Your thesis processor will delete the unneeded pages during your Initial or Final review.

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.

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SE Writing Manual


 Steep learning curve—for the technically inclined only.


 Processors are unable to provide formatting help.


 Download LaTeX template here




LaTeX formatting FAQ

Crash course in LaTeX and tutorials

The template comes packaged with a BibTeX tool; the code for each entry type in IEEE style is shown in more detail here. Entry coding for INFORMS style is included in the bib file of the INFORMS template files.

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

Also known as the "TPF." Follow your department's proposal process before routing this form. It is routed through your thesis dashboard in Python, from the bottom left of the 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 is 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.


Thesis Extension Form


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 Extension" here.

See also Thesis Processing's The Fine Print.

See also the Academic Policy Manual.


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Template formatting demo


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