Answered By: Heidi Herr
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2020     Views: 1308

A full description of how JHU handles dissertations and theses is here.

For information about submitting one, look here.


  • Theses and dissertations submitted through August 2013 should have paper copies available, and should be requestable online for Hopkins affiliates through Catalyst, the library catalog. 
  • When requested, paper copies are delivered to Special Collections for use during the department's reading hours, and cannot circulate outside of the Reading Room. 
  • From approximately 1970 to the present, dissertations (but not theses) are often available for purchase in PDF or paper from ProQuest. Since the library switched to electronic copies only in 2013, not all dissertation authors have elected to send their dissertation to ProQuest. Instead, try JScholarship, our institutional repository.

Why you might not be able to find them in the library catalog:

  • Since September 2013, theses and dissertations have been submitted in electronic form, and no paper copy is kept by the library. A few months following degree conferral, these should be available in PDF through JScholarship. 
  • Students may elect to embargo publication of their thesis or dissertation for up to four years. So, for example, a December 2016 graduate’s dissertation could be available in JScholarship as soon as February 2017 or as late as February 2021.

For questions about the availability of electronic theses and dissertations, please use the Feedback option here.




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