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Theses & Dissertations

How do I find a thesis or dissertation?

We offer numerous options for searching and locating theses and dissertations at Northeastern and beyond. See Find: Theses and Dissertations.

How do I submit my NU thesis or dissertation?

Congratulations...you've finally finished! To start the process of submitting your thesis or dissertation to ProQuest, visit our submission information page.

What is an embargo?

Authors may choose to restrict access to the full text of their thesis or dissertation to protect sensitive information or because they have applied for a patent based on their work. In such cases, readers may access a work only after a designated period of time (the embargo period).  At Northeastern, the maximum embargo permitted is two years. You may find that dissertations and theses from other institutions have embargoes of different lengths or have other restrictions. But in general, even while the full text is embargoed, the citation and abstract is still made available to researchers.

How does copyright apply to theses and dissertations?

At Northeastern University, thesis and dissertation copyright belongs to the student who created the work. Although it is not necessary to include a copyright statement, we recommend that you do so. You may also choose to register your thesis or dissertation with the US Copyright Office. This can be done during the ProQuest submission process for a fee of $55.00, or directly with the Copyright Office for $35.00.

Making the full text of your thesis or dissertation available online through the university's ETD program does not void or cancel your copyright. It simply allows your work to reach a wider audience. Others must still ask your permission before reproducing or otherwise using your work beyond fair use.

Read more about copyright and theses/dissertations here:

"Copyright Law & Graduate Research: New Media, New Rights, and Your New Dissertation," by Kenneth D. Crews for ProQuest

"So You Want People to Read Your Thesis?" by Danny Kingsley, Australian Open Access Support Group

What is an ETD program?

ETD stands for Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Like many colleges and universities, Northeastern has implemented an ETD program to replace the traditional practice of depositing print copies of theses and dissertations in the library. Read more about our ETD program here (PDF).