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Dissertations & Theses

Quick Links for Electronic ODU Theses and Disserations

Beginning Fall 2016, all electronic theses and dissertations are available in the university's repository, ODU Digital Commons. In 2019, an additional 2,488 dissertations and some theses back to 1976 were added. 2,300 theses are still only available in print in the Perry Library.

Use the Dissertations & Theses @ ODU subset of the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text database to find ODU dissertations and theses available online.  Keep in mind that, while most dissertations will be available here, most master's theses are only available in print. 

ODU Dissertations and Theses in Print

You can search for ODU dissertations and theses on the Libraries homepage at If the item is available electronically, you will get a link; the majority of theses, published prior to 2016, are in print.

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Search by author or title, or enter a subject:

Subject example: psychology and old dominion university and dissertations

  • Both theses and dissertations will be retrieved through searching only the word: dissertations.
  • Print copies of theses and dissertations may be found both in the fourth floor book stacks and in the Special Collections/University Archives area on the third floor. See Department Codes below.
  • WorldCat also includes ODU's theses and dissertations.

Department Codes for ODU Theses & Dissertations in Print

Print copies of theses and dissertations are shelved on the 4th floor with the call number LD4331 and one of the following department codes. [Note: As of Fall 2016, theses and dissertations are available online only.]
Call number: LD4331

.A33 Accounting 
.A75 Atmospheric & earth sciences 
.B43 Biochemistry 
.B46 Biology 
.B47 Biological sciences 
.B48 Biomedical sciences 
.B87 Business administration 
.C44 Chemical sciences 
.C45 Chemistry 
.C46 Clinical psychology 
.C48 Community health professions 
.C64 Computational & applied math 
.C65 Computer science 
.D46 Dental hygiene 
.E24 Ecological sciences 
.E26 Economics 
.E32 Education 
.E33 Education - early childhood
.E34 Education - educational admin.
.E36 Education - elementary 
.E38 Education - guidance & counsel. 
.E42 Education - reading 
.E44 Education - physical 
.E48 Education - special 
.E53 Engineering 
.E535 Engineering - aerospace 
.E54 Engineering - civil 
.E55 Engineering - electrical
.E555 Engineering - management 
.E56 Engineering - mechanical 
.E57 Engineering - mechanics 
.E59 Engineering - thermal 
.E64 English 
.E75 Environmental health 
.G4 Geology 
.H47 History 
.H85 Humanities 
.I45 International studies 
.M4 Meteorology 
.N8 Nursing 
.O35 Oceanography 
.P45 Physical therapy 
.P48 Physics 
.P65 Psychology 
.P67 Industrial psychology 
.P68 Industrial/organizational psychology 
.P69 Virginia Consortium for Professional Psych. 
.P83 Public administration 
.S62 Applied sociology 
.U52 Urban management 
.U53 Urban services 
.U54 Urban studies