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College Dissertations

Full text of BC dissertations and masters theses is available in a variety of formats and locations, depending on the publication date. Though there are outliers and exceptions, the following table shows likely availability, including format, location, and years.

* Stored offsite; requires retrieval. Must be used at Burns Library.

Additional information on accessibility:

  • A PDF in eScholarship@BC is freely available to all; a PDF in ProQuest requires access to that database. Note: We provide all current BC students, faculty, and staff with access to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.
  • The full text of an electronic thesis or dissertation may not be available in eScholarship@BC by the request of the author. If you are unable to retrieve the full text from the eScholarship@BC record, it may be available in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.
  • Microforms can be either microfilm (up to about 1980) or microfiche (from 1980 through 2008). Machine readers for both formats are available at O'Neill Library.
  • The print versions available at Burns Library are stored offsite. Contact Burns Library, by submitting a question or calling 617-552-4861 to request retrieval (takes 1-2 days). These volumes must be used within the library.

Embargoes: The author may have requested an embargo, delaying the online availability of the dissertation or thesis. If a dissertation is embargoed in ProQuest and/or eScholarship@BC, you will be able to see the author, title, and abstract, but not the full text. Embargoes are typically requested when a dissertation is being submitted to a publisher that proscribes prior publication; a patent application is going to be filed; there is a need to protect proprietary information; or there is a need to respect confidentiality.

Thesis and Dissertation Information

The Graduate School, the University Libraries, and the graduate faculty of Penn State have established format standards that a thesis or dissertation must meet before receiving final approval as fulfillment of a graduate requirement. The Office of Theses and Dissertations is the unit of the Graduate School responsible for certifying that theses and dissertations have been prepared in accordance with these established regulations.

Every thesis and dissertation must be reviewed by the Office of Theses and Dissertations for format only and are not edited for spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Master's papers are not reviewed by the Office of Theses and Dissertations.

When a thesis or dissertation is submitted to the Office of Theses and Dissertations, it must meet the formatting and deadline requirements set forth in the Thesis and Dissertation Guide. All doctoral dissertations and master's theses must be submitted electronically. For more information on electronic theses and dissertations (eTDs), visit the eTD website.

The following forms are available in Adobe PDF and accessible Microsoft Word (DOC) format. The Word documents are designed to be used specifically with screen reader technology. Please use the PDF versions of these forms unless you require the use of screen reader technology.

You may need to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat reader (free) to view and print the PDF documents.

Submission Requirements

Signatory Pages

Once documents are completed and you have acquired all of the signatures, please return the form to 115 Kern Graduate Building. ORIGINAL signatures are REQUIRED!


Supporting Materials


The Statistical Consulting Center gives advice to graduate students working on thesis research. The Graduate Writing Center in 111-H Kern Graduate Building provides consultation to graduate students in all disciplines.

Information about the Graduate School's commencement ceremony.

Questions about theses, dissertations, or Graduate School commencement should be directed to:

Office of Theses and Dissertations
115 Kern Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-5448