Answered By: Heidi Herr
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2023     Views: 29782

From 2013 on: Dissertations and many theses produced by JHU students are available in our repository JScholarship. Because the library does not keep paper copies of these submissions, you must search within JScholarship, not Catalyst. (Info on how to search JScholarship is below.)

Before 2013: Dissertations and theses submitted before 2013 should have paper copies available and can be requested through Catalyst, the library catalog. They may be consulted in the Special Collections department.

Embargos: Unless the student has chosen an embargo, dissertations and theses should be available within two months of degree conferral. Students may elect to embargo publication of their thesis or dissertation for up to four years. During this time, the title and abstract of the dissertation will be available in JScholarship.

Also in ProQuest: 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: Master's theses (also called "essays") 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, please refer to our digital commencement programs 
  • Master’s theses written for the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) departments are also discoverable through Catalyst, our online catalog. 
  • Please note that not all programs require writing and submission of a Master's thesis.

How To Find Dissertations and Masters' Essays in JScholarship:

  1.  Go to this page.
  2. You will see "Collections in This Community" at the center of the page.
  3. NOTE:  It is not possible to search by department or program name.
  4. Select "Doctoral Dissertations," "Graduate Theses," or "Undergraduate Theses":

Now you have two options:


You can enter search words in the box at the top of the page.

(You can try to find a department or program name that is somewhat distinctive. Enter the entire name and put it in quotation marks, such as “history of art” or “earth and planetary science.”)

Narrow your search by:

A. Clicking “Show Advanced Filters” (under search box)

B. Choosing any of the filters on the right under “Discover”:


OPTION 2:  USE FILTERS UNDER “THIS COLLECTION” (on the right of the page)

Those options under "This Collection" will search either all of ETD (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) or one of the smaller communities (e.g., Doctoral Dissertations).

You can filter by issue date, authors, titles, or subjects. (Results do not appear in any particular order.)

Again, make sure that you use the options under "This Collection" and not under "All of JScholarship”:




  • 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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