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UWM Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations: Home

Information on theses and dissertations at the UWM Libraries, with subject listings and additional search options.

Browse Theses Lists

Use the "Browse Search" option in Search@UW to see shelf lists of a particular discipline. Note that some call number ranges contain multiple topics.

For more search options, use the Dissertations & Theses database.

Administrative Leadership L9999
Anthropology GN999
Architecture NA9999
Art Education L9999
Art Education N10000
Art History N10000
Biblical Studies BS9999
Biological Sciences QL1000
Biology QL1000
Biomedical Sciences R9999
Botany QK1000
Botany QL1000
Business Administration HF9999
Chemistry QD1000
Civil Engineering T9999
Communication PN4599
Communication Sciences and Disorders RC10000
Comparative Literature PN6999
Computer Science T9999
Cultural Foundations of Education L9999
Curriculum and Instruction L9999
Economics HB10000
Education L9999
Educational Administration L9999
Educational Psychology L9999
Electrical Engineering T9999
Elementary Education L9999
Engineering T9999
English PE3999
Environmental Engineering T9999
Exceptional Education L9999
Foreign Language and Literature P9999
Freshwater Sciences and Technology TD999
Geography G10000
Geosciences QE1000
German PT4999
Health Care Informatics RA9999
Health Sciences R9999
History D9999
History - American E1000
Human Kinetics L9999
Industrial Engineering T9999
Journalism & Mass Communication  PN4599
Kinesiology QP9999
Language, Literature, and Translation P9999
Library Science Z9999
Linguistics P9999
Management Science HF9999
Materials Engineering T9999
Mathematics QA10000
Mechanical Engineering T9999
Media Studies PN4599
Medical Informatics RA9999
Medical Technology R9999
Metallurgical Engineering T9999
Multidisciplinary A1000
Music M9999
Music Education L9999
Nursing RT1000
Occupational Therapy RM9999
Philosophy B9999
Physics QC1000
Political Science JA999
Psychology BF9999
Rehabilitation Counseling L9999
Social Work/Social Welfare HV10000
Sociology HM9999
Spanish PQ8999
Structural Engineering T9999
Transportation T9999
Urban Education L9999
Urban Studies HT9999
Zoology QL1000

General Information

Master's theses and doctoral dissertations owned by the UWM Libraries are listed in Search@UW, by author, title, and subject. Theses and dissertations done at UWM, and in the libraries' collection, are classified by a department (given a base call number) and then arranged, generally, by the author's last name.

While theses and dissertations are currently required by the Graduate School to be deposited in the library, there are potentially titles, particularly from earlier years, that are not owned by the library, or the copy is no longer available; lack of a thesis/dissertation in the library does not mean the person did not complete a degree.

Occasionally, a senior honors paper may also be deposited in the library and will be included in these lists. Some departments accept a master's paper as part of the requirement for a degree. The same publication criteria do not pertain and these are not deposited in the library.

Theses/dissertations with an (ARC) as part of the call number are located in the UWM Libraries Archives area, 2nd floor, west wing and do not circulate; those in microfiche only are listed as (MC), do not circulate, and should be requested from the Media and Reserve Services Desk (lower level, west wing).


  • Online (UWM Users Only)
    UWM faculty, students, and staff have access to available online full text of UWM doctoral dissertations (1997-current) via Dissertations & Theses @ University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
  • Online (Unrestricted)
    We are also starting to publish electronic copies of dissertations online at the UWM Digital Commons site, where you will find materials from 2012 to the present.
  • Physical Copies
    Print versions of Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations have the same circulation policies as books: UWM Staff, students, faculty and Special Permit holders may check them out; UWM owned theses and dissertations located in the general collection can be checked out with a valid UWM ID card. These titles are available to the general public for viewing and photocopying at the library, or may be requested through another library's interlibrary loan service (check with your library for details).
  • External Purchase
    A commercial company stores dissertations, through which anyone may purchase a copy to keep. See ProQuest Dissertation Express for more information.

Thesis/Dissertation Binding

The UWM Libraries may bind personal copies of dissertations and master’s theses written by UWM students and faculty. Note there is a charge for this service.

See Thesis/Dissertation Binding for more information.