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Publishing your Master’s Thesis at Brandeis

Master’s Theses in the BIR


The Brandeis Institutional Repository (BIR) has a long relationship with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Since the beginning of the BIR in 2008, GSAS has been a partner in preserving the scholarship of the graduate student community. To date, there are 558 Master’s Theses in the BIR covering a variety of subjects. As a Master student, the BIR is a great place to retain a digital copy of your research. If you are curious about how this collection looks in the BIR, take a look and browse the Master’s Theses Collection.

Submitting Your Thesis 

The General Guidelines for Master’s Thesis Submission can be found here.

A step-by-step guide to submitting your Master’s Thesis to the Brandeis Institutional Repository (BIR) can be found here.

Overview and Publication Information

As part of the requirements for the Master’s degree, as specified in the University Bulletin, the  Graduate  School  of  Arts  and  Sciences  (GSAS) requires  electronic  submission  of  your thesis  to  the  Brandeis  Institutional  Repository. In addition,  the Certification of Master’s Thesis Acceptance Form must be turned into the GSAS Office one day before the specified submission deadline outlined in the University’s Academic Calendar.

GSAS  collaborates  with  the Brandeis Library  for  submission  and  archiving  of electronic  versions  of  theses  through  electronic deposit  to  the  GSAS  Master’s  Thesis Collection in the BIR.  Authors may find this advantageous since an electronic version of the thesis can include  photographs,simulations, video clips and sound,  thumbnail  pages,  and links to aid navigation  through  the document.  Adding color to diagrams of molecules and simulating three-dimensional models would enhance the impact and possibly clarify for readers some of your ideas.

Save a Microsoft Word .doc/.docx version of your thesis in addition to the PDF file you will eventually create in Adobe Acrobat.  Name your file with your last name, “thesis”, and year of completion.  No spaces should appear in the filename.  Example: SmithThesis2018.pdf

Once your thesis is in a  suitable PDF  format  for  submission, go to the BIR and select  “login” under My  Account.  Use  your UNet  ID and password  to log in.  Select the Submissions option under My Account. This will take you to the first step of the submission process.

After GSAS has approved the formatting, and your degree has been conferred by the Office of the Registrar, GSAS will release your thesis to the University Repository for public access. If you  submit  your  thesis  well  before  the  submission  deadline,  it  will  not go  into  the electronic  system  until  your  degree  has  been  conferred  by  the  Registrar. Also, if the document  appears  to be incomplete or if there are questions about the reproduction of previously copyrighted materials, publication will be delayed until all concerns are resolved.

Once published, your thesis will be available on the World Wide Web as well as through OneSearch. In some circumstances, it may be possible to limit access to your work through a temporary embargo.  Contact GSAS  first to discuss limitations on access.

Copyright  and  Intellectual  Property  Issues

As the author of your Master’s Thesis you retain copyright of your work.

Copyright  registration  is  not  a  prerequisite  to  copyright  protection,  but  if  a  work  is  not registered within three months of first publication, attorney’s fees may not be recovered if a suit is brought nor can you collect statutory damages which the law provides in cases where real  damage  is  difficult  to  show. It  is  your  choice  whether  to  register  for  copyright.  For information  on  copyright  registration  or  if  you  want  more  general  information  on copyrighting, please visit the ‘copyright’ page of this site, as well as the United States Copyright Office site at


GSAS Master Programs

Creative Arts

Music Composition and Theory
Theater Arts: Acting


Division of Humanities 

Ancient Greek & Roman Studies
Comparative Humanities
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Teaching Chinese at the College Level


Division of Science

Biochemistry and Biophysics
Computational Linguistics
Computer Science
Genetic Counseling
Molecular and Cell Biology


Division of Social Sciences

Education: Elementary; Secondary; Jewish Day Schools
Education: Teacher Leadership Program
Global Studies
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Dual Master’s Programs

Jewish Professional Leadership
Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies


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