Michigan State University

MSU Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)

Since 2011, MSU has required that all theses and dissertations be submitted electronically. These electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) are joined here by a large number of scanned historical works dating back to the 19th century. Still, these items are only a subset of the MSU Libraries' full theses and dissertations collection, much of which is in print. You can learn more about finding all types of theses and dissertations by consulting the guide Finding Dissertations and Theses.

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It's possible to explore the collection (along with a visual representation of scholarly activity at MSU) via a graphical interface that highlights moments of connection and distinction within content of the ETD collection. Each academic program at MSU is described in several ways: topically, as described by each dissertation author, who categorized their work using a set of roughly 400 options; more granularly, according to free text descriptors applied by each author; and institutionally, in terms of the individual MSU faculty members who served as advisors or committee members for each dissertation. Due to differences in available data, the visualization below represents only ETDs submitted digitally, starting in 2011 and continuing to the present.

Visualization of connections between academic programs at MSU
Visualization of connections between academic programs at MSU

Thus connections in the graph between programs are modeled on the particular features of dissertations submitted at MSU. Start exploring.


Starting in Spring 2011, MSU began mandating that all theses and dissertations be deposited electronically with ProQuest/UMI and the MSU Libraries. Access is supported and governed by the MSU Committee on Graduate Studies policy that stipulates electronic deposit with the Library. Questions regarding the availability of dissertations can be directed to:

Graduate School
479 West Circle Drive
Room 116 Linton Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824