Dissertations & Theses

Searching for CUNY Dissertations

Finding CUNY Master's Theses

  • Master's Theses in CUNY Academic Works: As of 2014, all Graduate Center master's theses appear in the CUNY Academic Works repository. Many are open access, but some are embargoed and will not become available until a future date.
     
  • Search CUNY+ by author: city university of new york masters program in [program name]
     
  • CUNY master's theses and capstone projects are shelved on the library's 1st floor in blue hardcover
     
  • CUNY master's theses are only selectively listed in PQDT and WorldCat.
     
  • CUNY master's theses in classics, comparative literature, German, liberal studies, linguistics, philosophy, and political science are listed in the CUNY+ catalog only, not in WorldCat or PQDT Digital Dissertations

Accessing Graduate Center Dissertations

GC dissertations may be available through:

  • Academic Works, our institutional repository
  • The ProQuest Dissertations database

If a dissertation is not accessible from either, request it via interlibrary loan. 

Librarians: 

Individuals: 

  • Ask your librarian about submitting an interlibrary loan request

Library Locations

  • 2014 - present: Shelves near Circulation & Reserve Desk
  • 1989 - 2013: 1st floor Dissertation Reading Room
  • 1965 - 1988: 2nd floor
  • Master's theses & Capstone projects, 1st floor near Circulation & Reserve Desk

Dissertation Program Color Codes

Department
Binding
Lettering
Anthropology
Green
Black
Art History
Black
Gold
Biochemistry
Green
Gold
Biology
Green
Gold
Business (reading copy at Baruch)
Olive to Brown
Black
Chemistry
Green
Gold
Classics
Blue
Gold
Comparative Literature
Blue
Gold
Computer Science
Orange
Black
Criminal Justice (reading copy at John Jay)
Blue
Gold
Earth & Environmental Science
Green
Gold
Economics
Orange
Black
Educational Psychology
Blue
Gold
Engineering (reading copy at City College)
Black
Gold
English
Blue
Gold
French
Blue
Gold
German
Olive to Brown
Black
Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Literature
Green
Gold
History
Brown
Gold
Linguistics
Light Brown
Black
Music
Blue
Gold
Mathematics
Red
Gold
Nursing
Black   
Gold
Philosophy
Blue
Gold
Physics
Burgundy
Gold
Political Science
Red
Gold
Psychology
Blue
Gold
Public Health
Black
Gold
Sociology & Social Welfare
Gray
Gold
Speech
Light Brown
Black
Theatre
Olive to Brown
Black
Master’s Theses & Capstone Projects: 1st floor GC Library
Blue
Gold

Microfilm copies of PhD dissertations from all the programs above are housed in the GC Library.

*Note that print dissertations from some programs are held at libraries located on other CUNY campuses: Business (Baruch), Criminal Justice (John Jay), Engineering (City College).