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Dissertations and Theses: Iowa Research Online

Resources available to help locate dissertations and theses.

About the ETD Collection

The Iowa Research Online ETD collection includes theses and dissertations submitted electronically. You can search only for theses and dissertations using the ETD specific search. To find theses from a single department you can click research units to navigate to the department or search for the department name and then select both the dissertations and thesis (two check marks) resource type facets in the sidebar. If the results are still too broad, you may wish to further facet by the research unit name or date.

All PhD dissertations from 1997 to present are available to University of Iowa faculty, students and staff from ProQuest. Most dissertations prior to 1997 are also available via ProQuest.


Prior to Dec 2009, electronic submission was optional. Beginning with the Fall 2009 semester, electronic submission of doctoral dissertations and master's theses, excluding MFA theses, is mandatory. For more information, please visit the Graduate College website. If you need to extend an embargo on your thesis, please contact the Graduate College using this form.

Almost all theses and dissertations have their title, author, committee members, and abstract available even when they are under an embargo. Theses and dissertation which have been placed under an embargo for a pending patent are not available at all.


All print theses and dissertations are available at the University of Iowa Libraries. Please search our catalog. You can add the word “thesis” to your search to help narrow your search. Click the focus on box and search for the name of the department plus the word thesis to find everything for a department.

Additional information about our older, print theses can be found in University Archives' Resource Guide to Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.


Theses and dissertations previously submitted in print will be digitized with permission of the author or copyright holder. The University Libraries encourages graduates to provide this permission so that their work can reach the widest possible audience. If you would like to grant this permission to the University Libraries, please use this form. Theses and dissertations will be digitized as time allows and will not become immediately accessible.