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Electronic thesis and dissertation

The VCU Graduate School Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Manual serves as a guide for the preparation of graduate theses and dissertations for graduate students in all programs within the university. Electronic theses and dissertations make VCU student research and creativity available online as full-text documents and multimedia presentations for use by the university community and others involved in research.

The thesis and dissertation manual provides a general set of guidelines approved by the University Graduate Council. However, the student’s thesis or dissertation committee is the final arbiter concerning the thesis or dissertation’s final acceptability. The committee’s responsibility includes approving style and format as well as technical and professional competency.

It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with all rules and procedures applicable to thesis/dissertation preparation and final committee approval. Students must follow the regulations of thesis and dissertation examinations as outlined in the VCU Graduate Bulletin. The bulletin documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

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For additional questions, please contact:

VCU Graduate School
408 West Franklin Street
Box 843051
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3051

Room reservations

Reserve the Graduate School’s conference room (Room 109) for thesis/dissertation defenses by emailing Jamie Taylor at with your name, scheduling request and program of study.

The conference room seats 10-12 people, is fully wired and includes teleconferencing equipment. All you need is your presentation on a USB key. We recommend that you reserve the room in a sufficient amount of time so that you can take a tour and make arrangements for any technology support needed.

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