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Research Guides

Dissertations & Theses

Why don’t I see my dissertation in Academic Works?

If you graduated before 2014, your dissertation or capstone project is only available to readers with a current CUNY affiliation (i.e. current students, faculty or staff).

Free your dissertationYou can broaden access to your dissertation by authorizing its transfer to CUNY's Academic Works, a publicly accessible repository. The Academic Works dashboard helps you track your new readership by providing data about the times and places a work is downloaded.

Depositing your dissertation in this institutional repository positions your intellectual contribution in global conversation, in keeping with CUNY's mission to serve the larger public. 

All GC dissertations and capstones have been digitized and are ready to be added to Academic Works at the author's request. Pre-2014 master's theses have not yet been digitized and are available only in print.

If you want to make your dissertation or capstone freely accessible to the public, email the GC Dissertation Office at


About Academic Works

CUNY Academic Works is an open access institutional repository dedicated to collecting and providing worldwide access to the research, scholarship and creative work of the City University of New York. In service to CUNY’s mission as a public university, content in Academic Works is freely available to all (more).

The Graduate Center section of Academic Works provides a way for the Graduate Center community to store, preserve, and provide global access to its scholarly and creative works. It holds GC faculty and student articles, book chapters, conference papers, datasets, educational materials, and images. It also holds Graduate Center dissertations, master's theses, and capstone projects.