UW Graduate School

Policy for Deposit and Dissemination of Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

A thesis or dissertation constitutes an important contribution to scholarship. Disseminating such contributions is consistent with the University of Washington’s mission to share its scholarly work with other scholars, students, and the public. Therefore, the University views the wide and timely dissemination of thesis and dissertation results as an obligation of students.

The Graduate School requires that all theses and dissertations be deposited electronically and made available through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database, and through the University of Washington Libraries’ ResearchWorks repository service – which makes them available to other UW researchers and the general public. This Graduate School requirement is in addition to previous or planned publication of a thesis or dissertation in part or in its entirety. It is expected that this will usually take place upon degree conferral, although students may choose to delay full public access via ResearchWorks for up to five (5) years.

Since students must place any initial access restrictions on their work when they submit it through the ProQuest system, they should become familiar with the process and these options prior to submission by reading “Access Options for Electronic Theses and Dissertations.”