Electronic Theses/Dissertations

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) are digital representations of student master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

Electronic theses and dissertations are a positive development in graduate education on several counts: graduate student research achieves broader exposure, new opportunities for creative scholarship open up, students receive some experience in the technological skills required of many scholars today, and the institution and student reduce the costs involved in publishing and storing dissertations and theses.

Concerns expressed in connection with ETDs include archiving and future publication issues. These concerns are addressed below.


  • The thesis is published as "open access" and is made available for worldwide access immediately. This is the recommended option.
  • The thesis is published on "delayed" or "secured" release. Reasons for this may include waiting for publication of sections of the thesis, waiting for patent applications to process, or for other valid reasons which would be determined by the school with guidance from the thesis advisor and student. The maximum period for this delay is three years. At the end of this time, the thesis will be released for worldwide access.


Permission for Electronic Publication of Thesis/Dissertation

Please note that it takes approximately 4-6 weeks for the library to process and post your ETD to the Student Scholar Archive.