Masters Theses and Dissertations Collection

The Masters Theses Collection includes both masters theses and dissertations written by San Francisco State graduate students as part of their degree requirements.

Using the Collection

Printed and bound copies of recent theses and dissertations are available on the 3rd floor, older print copies may be requested from the Library Retrieval System. Recent theses and dissertations are available online with the author's permission in ScholarWorks. When we do not have the permission of the author, a detailed metadata record is available in ScholarWorks. For older theses an archival copy on microfiche is located in Special Collections on the 4th floor.

To find both printed and electronic SF State Masters Theses in OneSearch, use Advanced Search to search Books & Media (SF State) and use both search boxes as illustrated below. In one of the boxes, search any field for san francisco state university theses, and in the other box, search any field for whatever you are looking for: keyword, author, title, etc.

You can also limit any search to printed theses by using Refine my Results to select Theses & Dissertations (SF State) 3rd Floor in the Location facet.

Screenshot for finding SF State theses

Graduate Students

The Division of Graduate Studies sets the Thesis / Dissertation / Written Creative Work / Music Composition guidelines and procedures. After your thesis / dissertation is approved by Graduate Studies and any required fees have been paid the Library will produce one bound copy of your thesis / dissertation, which can then be checked out by anyone with borrowing privileges. An electronic copy is also uploaded to ScholarWorks. With your permission, the electronic copy is downloadable by the public. You can also indicate whether there should be an "embargo" period before the electronic copy becomes available to download. 

For additional bound copies, go to Ctrl+P digital print shop, on the Mezzanine Level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center, Room M110.

Theses and Dissertations from Other Institutions

Check Dissertations & Theses (ProQuest), which strives to be the authoritative resource for information about doctoral dissertations and masters theses.


For questions related to this collection, contact the Digital Scholarship Center.