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University of Phoenix Writing & Style Guidelines

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

Course Numbers 100-299* Master's Level 1**


Course Numbers 300-399* Master's Level 2**
Course Numbers 400-499* Doctoral Courses

*Students may choose to follow higher course level guidelines


without penalty.
**Master's degree students should consult the course syllabus or ask
their facilitator to determine if a master's course is considered level 1
or level 2.

Recommended Writing Manuals


The University supports quality and consistency of academic writing in grammar,
style, formatting, and reference development. The following manuals are suggested
resources for academic writing.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
As one of the most respected and authoritative academic style manuals,
the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association provides style and
formatting guidance for developing academic research papers with properly
formatted citations and reference lists. APA is the preferred style for academic
writing at the University. Learn more.
The Gregg Reference Manual
The University of Phoenix custom edition of The Gregg Reference Manual answers
questions about grammar, style, and usage. The Gregg Reference Manual is a
valuable resource not only during students academic careers at the University of
Phoenix but throughout their professional lives.
Buy the manuals
Writing Guidelines

Students at the University of Phoenix are expected to follow certain formatting


standards when submitting formal written work, and the formatting standards differ
by degree level.
The information below outlines the formatting standards that are consistent with
the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Most formatting
standards, such as a title page, do not apply to informal assignments or exercises
such as Checkpoints. These guidelines assist students in formatting formal written
work; however, the faculty member determines the assignment grade in the course.
Paper templates are provided for the corresponding course level expectations.
These templates are preformatted for title page, margins, double-spacing, font,
headers, and reference page. You can always use a template that corresponds to a
higher level course. The primary difference is that the larger course number
templates feature more header levels.
Writing & Style Expectations by Degree and Course Number

uate: Course numbers 100-299 (e.g. COM/140)

ations

Page

Expectations

Assistive Material

Title page includes paper title, student name, course, due date, and
faculty name.

Paper is double-spaced

12-point font size

APA Paper Template: 100-2

1 margins (top, bottom, right, left)

Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier font

APA Sample Paper: Underg


and Master's

May contain formatting errors.


Uses one heading level. May contain formatting errors.
Intellectual property, e.g. paraphrased, quoted, or summarized source
material, is recognized with in-text citations. May contain formatting
errors.

Reference and Citation Gen

Reference and Citation Exa


Information on Plagiarism

Sources cited within the text will appear on the reference page.
APA Paper Template: 100-2
Reference page will begin at the top of a new page after the body of the
APA Sample Paper: Underg
paper. May contain formatting errors.
and Master's

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uate: Course numbers 300-399 (e.g. ACC/300)

ations

Page

Expectations

Assistive Material

Title page includes paper title, student name, course, due date, and
faculty name.

Paper is double-spaced

12-point font size

APA Paper Template: 300-4

1 margins (top, bottom, right, left)

Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier font

APA Sample Paper: Underg


and Masters

May contain minor formatting errors.


Uses levels one and two headings. May contain minor formatting errors.
Intellectual property, e.g. paraphrased, quoted, or summarized source
material, is recognized with in-text citations. Minor errors in citation
format may be present, but overall consistent with APA guidelines.

Reference and Citation Gen

Reference and Citation Exa

Information on Plagiarism
Sources cited within the text will appear on the reference page.
Reference page will begin at the top of a new page after the body of the APA Paper Template: 300-4
paper. Minor errors in reference format may be present, but overall
APA Sample Paper: Underg
consistent with APA guidelines.
and Masters

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uate: Course numbers 400-499 (e.g. MGT/448)

Expectations

Assistive Material

Title page includes paper title, student name, course, due date, and
faculty name.

Paper is double-spaced

12-point font size

APA Paper Template: 300-4

1 margins (top, bottom, right, left)

Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier font

APA Sample Paper: Underg


and Masters

Format consistent with APA guidelines.


Uses levels one and two headings consistent with APA guidelines.

ations

Page

Intellectual property, e.g. paraphrased, quoted, or summarized source Reference and Citation Gen
material, is recognized with in-text citations. Format consistent with APA
Reference and Citation Exa
guidelines.
Information on Plagiarism

Sources cited within the text will appear on the reference page.
APA Paper Template: 300-4
Reference page will begin at the top of a new page after the body of the
APA Sample Paper: Underg
paper. Format consistent with APA guidelines.
and Masters

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Students: Master's Level 1

ations

Page

Expectations

Assistive Material

Title page includes paper title, student name, course, due date, and
faculty name.

Paper is double-spaced

12-point font size

APA Paper Template: Maste

1 margins (top, bottom, right, left)

Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier font

APA Sample Paper: Underg


and Masters

Paper may contain minor APA formatting errors.


Uses level one, two, and three headings. May contain minor formatting
errors.
Intellectual property, e.g. paraphrased, quoted, or summarized source
material, is recognized with in-text citations. Minor errors in citation
formatting may be present, but overall should be consistent with APA
guidelines.

Reference and Citation Gen

Reference and Citation Exa


Information on Plagiarism

Sources cited within the text will appear on the reference page.
APA Paper Template: Maste
Reference page will begin at the top of a new page after the body of the
paper. Minor errors in reference formatting may be present, but overall APA Sample Paper: Underg
and Masters
should be consistent with APA guidelines.

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Students: Master's Level 2

ations

Page

Expectations

Assistive Material

Title page includes paper title, student name, course, due date, and
faculty name.

Paper is double-spaced

12-point font size

APA Paper Template: Maste

1 margins (top, bottom, right, left)

Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier font

APA Sample Paper: Underg


and Master's

Format consistent with APA guidelines.


Accurately uses multiple levels of headings. Format consistent with APA
guidelines.

Intellectual property, e.g. paraphrased, quoted, or summarized source Reference and Citation Gen
material, is recognized with in-text citations. Format consistent with APA
Reference and Citation Exa
guidelines.
Information on Plagiarism

Sources cited within the text will accurately appear on the reference
APA Paper Template: Maste
page. Reference page will begin at the top of a new page after the body
APA Sample Paper: Underg
of the paper. Format consistent with APA guidelines.
and Master's

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Students: Doctoral Courses

Expectations

Assistive Materia

Title page and running head are formatted consistent with APA guidelines.

Paper is double-spaced

12-point font size

1 margins (top, bottom, right, left)

Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier font

Paper has few, if any, APA formatting errors.


Accurately uses multiple levels of headings. Format consistent with APA
guidelines.

APA Paper Template


APA Sample Paper:
Formatting Tutorial

ations

Intellectual property, e.g. paraphrased, quoted, or summarized source


material, is recognized with in-text citations. Format consistent with APA
guidelines.

Reference and Cita


Generator

Reference and Cita


Examples

Page

Sources cited within the text will accurately appear on the reference page.
Reference page will begin at the top of a new page after the body of the
paper. Format consistent with APA guidelines.

Information on Plag

APA Paper Template


APA Sample Paper:

Graphs

Formatting Tables a
Accurately uses tables, graphs, figures, and formatting. Format consistent with Figures
APA guidelines.
Microsoft Tips and

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