Theses and Dissertations at UMass Lowell

Publishing and Processing Theses and Dissertations

Approved theses and dissertations are published electronically through ProQuest according to the Traditional Publishing Agreement.

Bound copies (hardcover book versions) of theses and dissertations are obtained through the Theses Office, located on the first floor of O'Leary Library, UML South, in Office 107. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Please call (978) 934-5905 and leave a message and Kelly Morin will return your call for an appointment.

Please read the instructions carefully and hand-deliver the following materials:

  1. A completed and signed copy of the UMI Thesis/Dissertation Agreement Form.
  2. Two copies (mandatory) of the complete thesis/dissertation. One copy must be on archival bond paper and include the original signature page. Required copies include one to be held by the approving department (must be on archival bond paper) and one to be sent to ProQuest for online publishing.
  3. Copies must be labeled to identify which is the copy on archival bond paper with original signatures.
  4. Students may purchase binding services for additional person copies at this time. Students are responsible for their own printing for each copy. For example, if a student wants two personal copies of their thesis, they must supply 4 copies of their work- one on bond paper with original signature to be bound for departments, one to be sent to ProQuest for electronic publishing, and two to be bound for personal use.

Processing charges include the following:
► Binding: $30 per copy 
► Publishing fee: $55 for Master's Thesis, $65 for Doctoral Dissertation or $120 for Open Access Publishing

Make one check (or money order) for all bound copies and the publisher fee payable to: UML Library Trust Fund. 

Students have the option of having ProQuest register their copyright on their work. This is not required. Students retain their copyright without registering, however, should a student’s copyright be infringed upon, only copyright holders who have had their copyrights registered would be eligible for statutory damages
and attorney fees.  Unregistered copyrights only allow for actual damages and not attorney fees.

Optional Copyright fee: $55
Make check (or money order) payable to: PROQUEST