Thesis & Dissertation Title Page | Free Templates & Examples

The title page (or cover page) of your thesis, dissertation, or research paper should contain all the key information about your document. It usually includes:

  • Dissertation or thesis title
  • Your name
  • The type of document (e.g., dissertation, research paper)
  • The department and institution
  • The degree program (e.g., Master of Arts)
  • The date of submission

It sometimes also includes your dissertation topic or field of study, your student number, your supervisor’s name, and your university’s logo.

Title page format

Your department will usually tell you exactly what should be included on your title page and how it should be formatted. Be sure to check whether there are specific guidelines for margins, spacing, and font size.

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If your university doesn’t have specific guidelines for the title page of your thesis, dissertation, or research paper, you can also download our templates in the format of your choice!

Title pages for APA and MLA style

The format of your title page can also depend on the citation style you’re using. There may be guidelines in regards to alignment, page numbering, and mandatory elements.

    Title page templates

    We’ve created a few templates to help you design the title page for your thesis, dissertation, or research paper. You can download them in the format of your choice by clicking on the corresponding button.

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    Thesis Google Doc

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    A typical example of a thesis title page looks like this:

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    Frequently asked questions

    What should your dissertation title page include?

    The title page of your thesis or dissertation should include your name, department, institution, degree program, and submission date.

    Do I need a title page for my MLA paper?

    Usually, no title page is needed in an MLA paper. A header is generally included at the top of the first page instead. The exceptions are when:

    • Your instructor requires one, or
    • Your paper is a group project

    In those cases, you should use a title page instead of a header, listing the same information but on a separate page.

    Where does your dissertation title page go?

    The title page of your thesis or dissertation goes first, before all other content or lists that you may choose to include.

    How do I cite an image on my title page?

    In most styles, the title page is used purely to provide information and doesn’t include any images. Ask your supervisor if you are allowed to include an image on the title page before doing so. If you do decide to include one, make sure to check whether you need permission from the creator of the image.

    Include a note directly beneath the image acknowledging where it comes from, beginning with the word “Note.” (italicized and followed by a period). Include a citation and copyright attribution. Don’t title, number, or label the image as a figure, since it doesn’t appear in your main text.

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    Tegan George

    Tegan is an American based in Amsterdam, with master's degrees in political science and education administration. While she is definitely a political scientist at heart, her experience working at universities led to a passion for making social science topics more approachable and exciting to students. A well-designed natural experiment is her favorite type of research, but she also loves qualitative methods of all varieties.