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Theses and Dissertations at University of Maryland Libraries

A guide to finding theses and dissertations written at the University of Maryland, College Park.


  • Full text of University of Maryland, College Park, theses and dissertations from December 2003 to the present is available online at DRUM: Digital Repository at the University of Maryland.

  • In instances where the student has restricted access to his/her electronic thesis or dissertation in DRUM for a specific period, any physical copies are also restricted. As of the Fall 2013 semester, physical copies are no longer created. Written permission from the author is required to make a restricted thesis or dissertation available before the restriction period expires.

  • University of Maryland doctoral dissertations from 1997 to the present and master's theses from December 2003 to the present are available through Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global. Because of licensing agreements, this database can be used only by current faculty, staff, and students of the University of Maryland, College Park, and authorized users from other subscribing institutions.

  • Permanent, non-circulating copies of University of Maryland, College Park, master's theses and doctoral dissertations are maintained by the University Archives and stored offsite at Severn Library. They are available for researcher use in the Maryland Room of Hornbake Library. Requests should be placed at least 2 business days prior to your visit to guarantee that they will be available in the Maryland Room for your use. Please see steps to request Special Collections and University Archives materials from Severn Library.

  • In some cases, a second, circulating copy of a thesis or dissertation is available in one of our branch libraries. Researchers should check the UMD Libraries Catalog for the exact location of circulating copies.

  • In some cases, you may be able to order the full-text electronically. See the Print Theses and Dissertations page for more details.

  • Email the University Archives at for more information.