MS Word & LaTeX Templates

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

IF USING CHROME: Please note, Chrome does not support the download for the UF Thesis & Dissertation templates. Please change browsers to Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, or Safari.

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 – As of Spring 2023

Updated – February, 2023– For any users experiencing issues with this iteration of the template, feel free to use the legacy template provided below.

LaTeX Legacy Template

Updated – May, 2018 – An archive of files to help you meet the challenge of modifying a LaTeX “Report” into a UF Thesis or Dissertation. Important notes:

  • The “main.tex” file is the main file that assembles the individual files into a complete package.
  • The userinfo.tex file has now been incorporated into the main.tex file and is no longer needed. The default method of compiling the document is now “xelatex” which allows a much wider range of graphics capabilities.
  • If you are using an older version of LaTeX that requires “dvipdfm” or “dvipdfmx” we have included versions of the Make Files that will allow you to use the older versions if you don’t want to, or can not upgrade to the latest version.
  • The best way to compile this document is to keep the main file name and run the “Make” file suitable for your system. These can now be found in the “Make Files” folder. Choose the correct file for your system (Read the README file if you’re not sure which one you need)
  • A Makefile is now included for Linux and Macintosh users but may need to be modified to work on your setup. Example of how to set up an un-numbered footnote for previously published chapters. Update changes em dash to hyphen in equation numbers.
LaTeX Legacy Template – Times

Updated – May, 2018 – The same archive of files but with the font set to Times New Roman. Example of how to set up an un-numbered footnote for previously published chapters. Update changes em dash to hyphen in equation numbers

Sans Serif LaTeX PDF   PDF of LaTeX Template makes the template too large to store in our media library so we don’t include a compiled version in the template itself. Use this version to compare as a check to make sure your version is compiling correctly.