Dissertations

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

This collection contains open access dissertations from the University of Pennsylvania. As of December 2015, the University of Pennsylvania requires open access publication of PhD dissertations in ScholarlyCommons. Prior to that date, dissertations were made openly available at the author's request. For more information about current dissertation policies, consult the Penn Dissertation Manual.

School Specific Dissertations

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

This series contains dissertations from Penn's Doctorate in Social Work program.

Annenberg School for Communication (ASC) Dissertations

This series contains dissertations from the Annenberg School for Communication. While most ASC dissertations are held in Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations, there are a number of older ASC dissertations which only appear in this series.

Graduate School of Education (GSE) Dissertations

This series contains dissertations from the Graduate School of Education. Please note that these dissertations are held in Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations.

Dissertation Abstracts

ProQuest

This series contains abstracts that link out to a third-party database, ProQuest (full text is available in ProQuest to Penn faculty, students, staff, and anyone else with an institutional subscription). For full text dissertations, please visit Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations.

Malawi Dissertations

The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH) is one of very few long-standing publicly-available longitudinal cohort studies in a sub-Saharan African (SSA) context. Graduate students in the Demography Ph.D. program offered via the Graduate Group in Demography and housed at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania as well as graduate students working with MLSFH researchers at other institutions occasionally write dissertations on Malawi that are subsequently included in this series.

Masters Theses, Professional Degrees, and Capstones

Dental Theses

This series contains Master of Science in Oral Biology and Doctor of Science in Dentistry theses from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

Historic Preservation Theses

This series contains theses from the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstones

The MAPP Capstone is an independent project that integrates what the student has learned in the program and advances the application of Positive Psychology.

Master of Chemical Sciences Capstone Projects

The MCS Capstone is an independent research project that integrates what the student has learned in the program and contributes to the advancement of Chemistry.

Master of Environmental Studies Capstone Projects

The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) Program offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. Toward the end of the program, each student undertakes a Capstone Project, an independent, one-semester research exercise that demonstrates the student's mastery of the subject matter.

Master of Science in Applied Geosciences Project Designs

This series contains project design papers from the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences program.

Master of Philosophy in Organizational Dynamics Theses

This series contains theses from the Master of Philosophy in Organizational Dynamics program.

Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

This series contains theses from the Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics program.

Seniors Honors Theses

Anthropology Senior Theses

The Department of Anthropology provides motivated undergraduate majors with an opportunity to conduct research and/or independent study on a topic of their choice and to write an Undergraduate Thesis formally presenting the results.

History Department Senior Honors Theses

To achieve honors in history, qualified students in the major must complete a three-semester sequence of courses, culminating in the preparation of a substantial and original thesis of approximately 75 pages. The thesis is based upon sustained, individual research in archival and other primary sources.

Honors Program in International Relations

International Relations is one of the few majors in the university that requires all of its students to write a senior thesis. The department believe that the senior thesis is an opportunity for students to showcase what they have learned over the last four years, and is one of the most important (and rewarding) aspects of the IR major.

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Honors Theses

These theses represent the depth and breadth of interdisciplinary research carried out by Penn's PPE students. In order to write a thesis, a student must have an exemplary record of academic achievement in PPE courses and complete an independent research project under the supervision of a Penn faculty member.