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Theses and Dissertations

How to use this guide

This site is intended as a central location for information pertaining to theses and dissertations at UCF. It is not intended to replace guidance and requirements provided by your advisor, the College of Graduate Studies, or the Burnett Honors College.

To find the info you need, simply select the appropriate tab from the menu on the left.  If you have any questions about this guide or have suggestions for content, please contact us.

Key to abbreviations

Three main abbreviations are used on this page.  They are:

  • ETD, or Electronic Theses and Dissertations
    • ETDs are theses and dissertations that are born-digital, most commonly as a pdf.
  • RTD, or Retrospective Theses and Dissertations
    • RTDs are electronic reproductions of print theses and dissertations
  • HIM, or Honors Undergraduate Theses
    • HIMs are undergraduate Honors theses.

Theses and Dissertations at UCF: A Brief History

Graduate theses were first published at Florida Technological University (later UCF) in 1972.  The first thesis was defended in March of that year, titled Computer Method for Airport Noise Exposure Forecast, and was written by John M. Bateman.

The first dissertation, titled "An Associative Backend Machine for Data Base Management," was defended in November, 1980, and it was a Ph.D. in Computer Science awarded to Alireza Hurson.

The Honors in the Major program began in 1989 and the first Honors Thesis, Analysis of Larval and Adult Cuticles of Posterior Bithorax-Complex Mutant Homozygotes in Drosophila Melanogaster written by My Linn Sawyer, was completed in 1990.

To date, over 13,000 Masters ThesesDoctoral Dissertations, and Honors Undergraduate Theses have been completed.

Award Winners

Each year, both the College of Graduate Studies and the Burnett Honors College recognize outstanding research done by their students.

College of Graduate Studies Awards

Burnett Honors College Honors in the Major Thesis Awards

Calling all UCF thesis and dissertation authors!

The University of Central Florida Libraries invites you to join an exciting project to extend the reach of UCF’s graduate research publications.  There are over 5,000 theses and dissertations that were published only in print, and therefore, reach a very limited audience.  By receiving permission to digitize and post these works online, these works can be used by researchers around the world, showing the excellence of scholarship at the University of Central Florida since the first theses were published in 1972.

Why should I get involved?

Theses and dissertations are commonly used as the basis for research around the world and are popular requests from other libraries and their patrons. While today’s theses and dissertations are published electronically to provide researchers and fellow students with ready access to scholarly materials, many works submitted at UCF before 2004 are only available as print copies on our libraries’ shelves.

How can I help?

With the assistance of UCF thesis and dissertation authors like you, we can begin to transform our print collection of UCF graduate student authored theses and dissertations into a digital collection with unlimited worldwide access. If you published a thesis or dissertation prior to Fall of 2004, please consider allowing us to add your work to the growing digital collection of UCF graduate student publications.

Will it cost me anything?

No. We are not asking for any donations related to this project, we just want your permission to reproduce and display your work online. All work will be performed by the staff of University of Central Florida Libraries.

What do I need to do?

Simply provide the UCF Libraries with a nonexclusive right to reproduce and post your thesis or dissertation by following the instructions for the Internet Distribution Consent Agreement.

What if I have questions, comments, or concerns?

Please feel free to contact us at for more information.

Contact us

Kerri Bottorff, Digital Initiatives Adjunct Librarian
Phone: 407-823-1129

Lee Dotson, Digital Initiatives Librarian
Phone: 407-823-1236

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