ETD Technical Help

For general questions about formatting thesis or dissertation, first please refer to the SBTS Style Guide.

Microsoft Word Template
The following template was developed by the Boyce Centennial Library staff in conjunction with Instructor of Written Communication Marsha Omanson. While the template is designed to assist students with formatting dissertations, the students are ultimately responsible for ensuring that their dissertations comply with the seminary’s style requirements.

SBTS Dissertation Template

Once you have download your desired template, double click on the file and a new dissertation document will open for you. You must save this new document with a distinct title. We strongly recommend that you develop a good backup strategy for your dissertation work.

If you notice any elements within the template that do not seem to comply with the seminary’s style requirements, please contact us.

Adobe Acrobat Pro
Three workstations in the computer lab in the Boyce Centennial Library have Adobe Acrobat Pro installed on them. These workstations can be used to produce PDF files suitable for submission. The UMI website offers detailed instructions for using Acrobat Pro to produce a PDF file.

Submitting your thesis/dissertation
The process is done online at and there are step-by-step directions available there. For additional assistance with in the process of submitting your dissertation to ProQuest, please send email to, or call The Berkeley Electronic Press at  510-665-1200. The Berkeley Electronic Press handles technical support inquiries for the submission system.

For any questions regarding the technical aspects of converting and submitting your dissertation, please contact the library Archives and Special Collections Department.

For any questions regarding Graduate Department policies or issues, please contact Jerod Harper.

The content on this page was adapted with the permission of the Duke University Graduate School.