Graduate Theses and Dissertations
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
The ASU Digital Repository provides access to the full text of most ASU Theses and Dissertations from 2011 to present.
Submitting Your Thesis or Dissertation
All theses and dissertations are processed by the Graduate College. Please see Format/Submit Your Document for information about the Graduate College process. In general, your thesis should be accessible in the ASU Digital Repository approximately 3-4 months after submission.
Print Theses and Dissertations
ASU Theses and Dissertations awarded from 1938 to 2010 are found in the ASU Library Catalog and in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses @ ASU (1938 - 2010). You may check out a copy or view the original (first) copy. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to view the first copy.
ASU Electronic Theses and Dissertations are available in downloadable PDF format; however, a small percentage of items are under embargo. Request access to an embargo item, or request an extension to the embargo on your work, by contacting the ASU Graduate College.
Graduate theses and dissertations awarded by Arizona State University are archived and made available through a joint effort of the ASU Graduate College and the ASU Library.
Graduate Research Projects
Students conducting research (that is in addition to theses or dissertation work) are encouraged to deposit their work in the repository. Please submit your work and tell us about your project.
What are the terms under which my thesis/dissertation appears in the ASU Digital Repository?
A limited, non-exclusive license to disseminate the work. You keep your copyright and all rights associated with it. “Non-exclusive” means that you can grant these permissions to others, in addition to ASU. Here are the full Terms of Deposit.
Do I own the copyright to my thesis/dissertation?
Yes, you do!
Copyright registration is not required, since copyright is automatic and comes into effect at the moment original work is fixed in a tangible medium. But registration has certain advantages. First, if your work is registered you have proof that you are the author of the work and the owner of its copyright. Also, registration is necessary to enforce a copyright against an infringer or plagiarist. If you want to register copyright of your thesis/dissertation, you can do it online directly through the Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov or through ProQuest, who will register the copyright for you.
How will people access my thesis/dissertation?
How long will it take my thesis/dissertation to be available online?
Approximately 3-4 months after submission:
What are the benefits of open access for my thesis/dissertation?
Why might I restrict access to (embargo) my thesis/dissertation?
How do I restrict access to (embargo) my ETD?
You will be offered several options for restricting access (referred to as an embargo) when submitting your thesis/dissertation through ProQuest and the ASU Digital Repository. At the time of your defense, you and your committee may decide to embargo your thesis/dissertation for a maximum of two years.
The Delaying Publication of Your Thesis/Dissertation Form must be submitted along with your completed Pass/Fail form to the Graduate Education office in order for your Thesis or Dissertation to be embargoed. If you select an embargo, your thesis/dissertation will not be available through the ASU Digital Repository or ProQuest until the end of the embargo period. The title, abstract, attribution information, and subject classification will be visible during the embargo.
At the end of the two-year embargo period, you can request an extension of the embargo for another two years in the ASU Digital Repository. Send a brief email to email@example.com and provide the following information:
Please be aware that this does not affect your embargo selection with ProQuest. If you would like to secure an indefinite embargo with ProQuest on your thesis/dissertation then you may submit a request directly to ProQuest, either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (800-521-0600, ext. 77020).
While you can apply an indefinite embargo to your dissertation in ProQuest, the version submitted to the ASU Digital Repository functions as the official ASU archives of completed graduate work and the two year extension is typically the maximum embargo period allowed. ASU’s policies regarding theses and dissertation embargoes are determined by the ASU Graduate College, and are separate from those of ProQuest.