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Thesis and Dissertation Submission Policy


  • Graduate students are required to submit their thesis or dissertation to the Library in order to receive their degree.
  • All submissions must be digital. Print copies will not be accepted.
  • Submission should occur only after successful defense of the thesis or dissertation.
  • Prior to submission, students must fill out a Thesis and Dissertation Deposit Form.
  • Students may request a delay of one year before their thesis or dissertation is published in the Digital Commons.*
  • Supplementary files (graphics, audio, video, software, etc.) are permissible.
  • After reviewing the submission, the Library will send either a request for corrections or an acceptance email to the student. The student must forward the acceptance email to the appropriate graduate program in order to receive a final grade.
  • Review of the thesis or dissertation will occur within seven business days after submission.
  • If a student would like to make changes to his or her work after submission, then the thesis or dissertation must be sent back to the student’s thesis or dissertation chair for approval of the changes.
  • The Dean of Graduate Studies must approve any exceptions to these policies. The request must be in writing and signed by the committee chair and the Dean.

* Liberty University’s Digital Commons is an online repository for capturing, preserving, and freely distributing the scholarship of our community. Theses and dissertations produced by Liberty students are placed in this repository.


This policy is subject to change at any time. See the full Scholarly Communications (Digital Commons) Policy.