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Please read the following instructions prior to completing the thesis process:

The thesis/dissertation must conform exactly to the UML Thesis/Dissertation Guide (pdf). A hard copy of the guide is also available at the Registrar’s Office, University Crossing.

It is the responsibility of the student and the advisor to carefully follow the format in the guide. Once the thesis/dissertation has been successfully defended, the student must submit the following to the Registrar’s Office, University Crossing:

  1. One clean COPY (do not use original), of the signature page only, dated and with signatures of the thesis/dissertation advisor and all committee members. The original signature page is needed for the archival bound copy.
  2. Signed and completed Graduation Clearance Form
  3. Doctoral students must also submit a completed “Survey of Earned Doctorates” at the time of graduation clearance. The form is also available at the Registrar’s Office, University Crossing.


The binding of all theses is done 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.

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

  1. A completed and signed copy of the UMI Thesis/Dissertation Agreement Form. The form is available at the Registrar’s Office, University Crossing.
  2. Two copies (mandatory) of the complete thesis/dissertation on archival bond paper. One copy must include the original signature page. Required copies include one for the department and one for ProQuest, for online publishing. Additional copies for personal use may be submitted at this time.

Processing charges include the following:

  • Binding: $25, per copy
  • Publishing fee: $55 for Masters, $65 for Doctoral

Make one check for all bound copies and publisher fee payable to: UML Library Trust Fund.

Optional Copyright fee: $55

Make check payable to: PROQUEST

The library can no longer accept cash payments.

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Search Tools For UML Theses/Dissertations

  • 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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Obtaining copies of UML theses/dissertations

  • Electronic copies:
  • Archival paper copies:
    • Search for the item:
    • Fill out a Storage Retrieval Form including the call number and the year for the thesis/dissertation you wish to retrieve.
    • The item will be retrieved from storage within 24 hours (no weekend retrieval).
    • Contact the Circulation Desk at Lydon Library, North Campus. The paper copy must be used at Lydon Library.
  • Microfilm copies:
    • Search the UMass Lowell Theses/Dissertation Database or the UML Library Catalog as above.
    • Get the call number for the item.
    • Go to the microfilm room, second floor, Lydon Library, UML North. Masters and Doctoral items are kept in separate cabinets.
    • Look by department (chemistry, education, etc.) and then by year and call number within the department.
    • Use the reader/printers to make a print copy.

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Thesis or dissertation from another institution:

  • 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 ILLiad, our 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 $35. each (2006 price) through the InterLibrary Loan Department.
  • Faculty Members: Three (3) free Theses/Dissertations per person through the InterLibrary Loan Department.

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