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Electronic Dissertations and Theses Submission: Template and Guides

A guide describing how to submit your theses or dissertation at SEBTS

Templates and Guides

On this page you can find a Word template and seminary-developed style guides to aid in the creation of your dissertation. 

Dissertation Template

The template below was designed to meet the needs of students in the Ph.D., D.Min., and Th.M. programs at Southeastern Seminary. The template works with Microsoft Word, and relies upon the style features inherent in Word. Be sure to read the comments thoroughly before use.

If you have an issue or problem with the use of the template, please contact The template is a work in progress, so please keep that in mind as you use it. We will update it on a regular basis and keep a change log on this page of adjustments we have made to it. 

SBL Handbook of Style

SEBTS students have unlimited access to the SBL Handbook, available as an e-book below:



  • Version 2.0 includes the following updates: 
    • Updated margins to 1”
    • Added Table of Contents Heading Style
    • Addressed need to change the capitalization of front matter page numbers in the Table of Contents.
    • Made subheading leaders in TOC conform with the Supplement.


  • Version 1.2 includes minor changes to names on the signature page. 


  • Version 1.1 was released with a minor fix to the title page. The title was double spaced. One blank line was removed before the first line of the title, double spacing was applied to the title, and then two blank lines were removed following the fourth line of the title. 

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