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Theses and Dissertations

How to find theses and dissertations at the Engineering Library, the UW Libraries and beyond.

Most Masters' and PhD theses from the University of Washington are catalogued by subject area (like a book) and can be found using the UW Libraries Search.

Some theses and dissertations are also available online in full-text via the Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global database.

Theses added to the Libraries collection may not be available for up to 1 year after the date the thesis was submitted.

Theses may be browsed by subject in the UW Libraries Search, Advanced Search. Choose the Subject field from the drop down menu and type in the relevant subject heading.

Theses are cataloged using the following subject headings:

  • Theses--Civil Engineering
  • Theses--Computer Science
  • Theses--Electrical Engineering
  • Theses--Mechanical Engineering
  • etc....

Theses may also be browsed in the Engineering General Stacks (3rd or 4th floor) according to their subject call numbers. Engineering theses can be found in the Engineering Library at the following call numbers:


Call #

Aeronautics and Astronautics


Applied Mathematics


Civil Engineering


Computer Science and Engineering


Electrical Engineering


General Engineering


Human Centered Design and Engineering Q223
Industrial Engineering T55.4
Inter-Engineering T7
Manufacturing Engineering TS7

Materials Science and Engineering


Mechanical Engineering TJ7
Nuclear Engineering TK9006

How do I get a thesis that is not held by the UW Libraries?

If the thesis that you are looking for is not in the UW Libraries collection, you can: