Theses and Dissertations at UMass Lowell



  • Search the UMass Lowell Theses/Dissertation Database for Theses and Dissertations from 1949 to 1985.
    You may search by any combination of these criteria:

    • Academic Department
    • Author's Name
    • Keyword in Title
    • Date
    • Degree: to search, use:
      • M for Master's (Master's Degrees are offered in many fields)
      • D for Doctorate (In engineering and education)
      • PhD for Post Doctorate (In chemistry, physics, polymer science, radiological science, and nursing)
  • Search Proquest database of UML Dissertations & Theses for Master's Theses and dissertations from 1981 to present.

    You may search on: 
    • Author's Name
    • Advisor's Name
    • Keyword in Title
    • Degree Date

    Use the Advanced Search link (above the search text box) to select specific fields for your search.

  • Search the UMass Lowell Library Catalog for Theses/Dissertations from 1985 to present.

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  • Search ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I database for any item from 1981 to present. An order number will be included in the record. For dissertations from 1997 to present, retrieve the first 24 pages free.
  • Search WorldCat via FirstSearch to identify older items
  • Use ILLiadour InterLibrary Loan service, to request the loan of the dissertation publication. 
  • Items found in WorldCat can sometimes be borrowed, but only if ProQuest does not have a copy.
  • Order the Thesis/Dissertation from ProQuest. You may choose microfilm, paper, or (after 1997), electronic copy.

The Library subsidizes the purchase of Theses/Dissertations from Proquest for:

  • Graduate Students: Three (3) Theses/Dissertations during their student years at no charge. Additional items can be purchased for $50,  through the InterLibrary Loan Department.
  • Faculty Members: Three (3) free Theses/Dissertations per person through the InterLibrary Loan Department.