Answered By: Heidi Herr
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2020     Views: 25321

Since 2013, dissertations and many theses produced by JHU students are available in our repository JScholarship.

In addition, JHU doctoral dissertations may be findable within the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

  • The full text is available from 1997 to the present; before that, only abstracts are available online. For those older JHU dissertations, consult the staff in Special Collections. Or, if you know the title or author, look it up in the library catalog.
  • 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.

Master’s theses are also included in JScholarship. This has been optional since 2013.

  •  Master's theses are not included in the ProQuest database, so they are not available in any form from ProQuest. 
  • JHU Master’s theses that are available in print form can be requested. You will need to know either the author or title or both.
  • If you need help identifying the names of students who graduated in specific years, the archives staff maintains a collection of commencement programs to facilitate your search. 
  • Master’s theses written for the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) departments are also discoverable through Catalyst, our online catalog. Circulating print copies of AAP theses are available from the Sheridan Libraries @ Columbia, DC, & Montgomery.


  • 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.
  • Not all schools and programs require writing and submission of Master’s theses. 
  • Practicum and capstone projects have not been collected by the Archives, with some exceptions; e.g., real estate practicums produced by Carey Business School Real Estate program master’s degree students are now being collected, although not cataloged.
  • Some schools or programs may keep an uncataloged collection of practicums, capstone projects, or dissertations  on-site. Contact the specific program or school to ask if they have such a collection.

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