The graduate community

Thesis and dissertation guidelines

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, and technical and professional competency.

It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with all of the rules and procedures which apply to thesis/dissertation preparation and final committee approval. Students must follow the regulations of Thesis and Dissertation examinations as outlined in the VCU Graduate School Bulletin. The VCU Graduate Bulletins website 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.

Thesis and Dissertation Manual [PDF]

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VCU Graduate School
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P.O. Box 843051

Conference room facilities

Conference room

The Graduate School’s conference room is available for graduate students to schedule upcoming thesis/dissertation defenses. To request a reservation for your thesis or dissertation defense, email Lori Floyd-Miller ( with your name, date, time and program of study.
Room 109 features a smart technology setup with video and teleconferencing capabilities. All you need is your presentation on a USB key. It is recommended that you reserve the room in a sufficient amount of time so that you can take a tour and make arrangements for technology support if necessary.

Set-Up Type Capacity Features


10 -12 Conference table and chairs
Mini serving table (you provide refreshments)
Smart room capabilities: Fully wired with data, voice, video/webcam, and teleconferencing via phone or Skype